The University of Louisville will — once again — be represented in the Olympics. “We’re thrilled, honored to have a number of athletes representing different countries, including Team USA, having the second opportunity,” UofL swimming head coach Arthur Albiero said. “Team USA having the second opportunity, having an athlete on Team USA, that’s very special.”Zach Harting will be the Team USA representative and Andrej Barna will be representing Serbia. Both athletes are making their Olympic debuts. “Zach qualified and I was so happy,” Barna said. “I was like, ‘damn, we’re going to the Olympics!’ This is the biggest competition for swimmers in the world. There’s no bigger stage than that.” For Harting, getting the title of Olympian has been a long time coming. “I viewed 2016 as a failure,” Harting said. “It was kind of hard to come back from and so going into 2020-21, I didn’t want that to happen again.”In 2016, he finished seventh in the 200-meter butterfly and missed the cut for the Rio Olympics. But now he says he has the confidence needed to go to Tokyo. “I think the experience that I had — I’ve been in this situation before, I knew what to expect,” Harting said. “All those different things kind of pulled and realized, me personally, that I was ready for that. I knew what to expect. So I wasn’t distracted by any of that. I was more expected and prepared and looking forward to that. I knew what to and not pay attention to.” With foreign spectators not allowed at this year’s Olympic Games, Harting says it’s kind of a good thing. His dad has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and his mom was his donor. “Basically he was dying and my mom was able to step in and save his life and I was able to go in and help them get back on their feet,” Harting said. “Which is, kind of, it was really special for me and really weird because I had to parent my parents for a little bit.” Now, they’re both healthy and Harting is getting ready to compete — once again — in the 200-meter butterfly. An event Michael Phelps competed in every Olympic Games since 2000. “I’m grateful of the past the U.S. has had in this event — just absolute domination,” Harting said. “I want to go over there and continue that. But I’m going to go over there and swim for me because that’s when I swim at my best.” Both Barna and Harting say, even though a lot of their former Cardinal teammates won’t be on their respective teams, they’ll still root for them. Just as long as they don’t get in the way of their current Olympic teams.

The University of Louisville will — once again — be represented in the Olympics.

“We’re thrilled, honored to have a number of athletes representing different countries, including Team USA, having the second opportunity,” UofL swimming head coach Arthur Albiero said. “Team USA having the second opportunity, having an athlete on Team USA, that’s very special.”

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Zach Harting will be the Team USA representative and Andrej Barna will be representing Serbia.

Both athletes are making their Olympic debuts.

“Zach qualified and I was so happy,” Barna said. “I was like, ‘damn, we’re going to the Olympics!’ This is the biggest competition for swimmers in the world. There’s no bigger stage than that.”

For Harting, getting the title of Olympian has been a long time coming.

“I viewed 2016 as a failure,” Harting said. “It was kind of hard to come back from and so going into 2020-21, I didn’t want that to happen again.”

In 2016, he finished seventh in the 200-meter butterfly and missed the cut for the Rio Olympics.

But now he says he has the confidence needed to go to Tokyo.

“I think the experience that I had — I’ve been in this situation before, I knew what to expect,” Harting said. “All those different things kind of pulled and realized, me personally, that I was ready for that. I knew what to expect. So I wasn’t distracted by any of that. I was more expected and prepared and looking forward to that. I knew what to and not pay attention to.”

With foreign spectators not allowed at this year’s Olympic Games, Harting says it’s kind of a good thing.

His dad has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and his mom was his donor.

“Basically he was dying and my mom was able to step in and save his life and I was able to go in and help them get back on their feet,” Harting said. “Which is, kind of, it was really special for me and really weird because I had to parent my parents for a little bit.”

Now, they’re both healthy and Harting is getting ready to compete — once again — in the 200-meter butterfly.

An event Michael Phelps competed in every Olympic Games since 2000.

“I’m grateful of the past the U.S. has had in this event — just absolute domination,” Harting said. “I want to go over there and continue that. But I’m going to go over there and swim for me because that’s when I swim at my best.”

Both Barna and Harting say, even though a lot of their former Cardinal teammates won’t be on their respective teams, they’ll still root for them.

Just as long as they don’t get in the way of their current Olympic teams.

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