Unless Taylor, Connor or Boomer decide to swim, this was the last trials in which a family member will swim. Our sister, Whitney, swam at the 1996 Trials and Michael from 2000-2016. Each year, the meet has grown in number and spectacle -- USA Swimming does a great job of upping the "wow" factor and always finds a new and interesting way to make a swim meet a sporting event.
Doug had a great analogy, when describing the difference in the US Olympic Swim Trials and the Olympic Games -- the trials are like an NFL game and the Olympics akin to a PGA tour or high level tennis match. The trials have music and pyrotechnics; the Olympics are more buttoned up and corporate. Both, are memorable.
Over the last 30 years, I've made friends that will last a lifetime. There's a lot of sitting in the stands, sometimes in the rain, eating and sightseeing between prelims and finals and a general camaraderie that develops between the families of swimmers in the stands. This is one of the aspects of swim meets that I'll miss the most.
Take a look at some photos from this year's Olympic Trials: