Basket carriers help keep the show moving at swim trials

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 08:23:14-04

There are hundreds of volunteers at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, and some kids got to sign up for the job of a lifetime.

The basket carriers are responsible for getting all the athlete's clothes off of the pool deck. They only have 30 seconds to do it, and can't miss a thing.

"It is pretty much military style, we have to take the baskets up the stairs and make quick turns, get the baskets, and get off as fast as possible," said 13-year-old Terin Frodyma.

90 young swimmers from across the Midwest are this year's carriers.

Frodyma has been waiting half his life to be one, which is eight years of waiting.

"I never thought that going up there and being three feet away from the athletes, and just like oh my gosh, I am carrying Michael Phelps' shoes and Ryan Lochte's headphones," he said.

He said that it's all been surreal and they all think of their jobs as being a supporting role in  a big movie.

"I have gotten to know a couple of the athletes, I have gotten to high-five Phelps, Lochte, Dwyer, and Missy Franklin also."

Shana Frodyma is the chair for the basket carriers, she is also Terin's mom. She said the up close and personal access to the athletes inspires the kids.

"Now that we have these younger athletes making the team, the kids are looking back and saying, I carried that basket, I helped, I made sure that stuff got to the table and everything was good," she said.

For some of the carriers, just seeing their favorite swimmer is enough to make all the hard work worth it.

"I love what I am doing, and I'm just doing it and giving my all," said Frodyma.