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Margaux Farrell, an Olympic swimmer from Woodbridge, poses with fellow Olympian and NBA star Tony Parker. Farrell is representing France in the 4x200 freestyle relay.
Just four years ago, swimmer Margaux Farrell was setting school records at Amity Regional High School. This week, she is in London as an Olympic athlete.
Farrell, 21, qualified for the Olympics as part of the French 4x200 relay team. Margaux holds a dual citizenship; her mother is from France and was a member of the French national swim team.
After Amity, Farrell continued her dominance in the pool at Indiana University, where she set several school records, including a record in the 100-meter freestyle her senior year.
She has had a busy summer, which has culminated in a trip to the 2012 Olympics.
"This place is a fairy tale and more than anything I've ever dreamed it up to be," Farrell said. For Farrell, the facilities in London, as well as the people of London are a 10 out of 10.
"London really went above and beyond to make this a magical experience," she said.
Farrell was in the Olympic Village during opening ceremony Friday night. Swimming competitions start Saturday, so swimmers were getting their rest instead of marching in the festivities.
"(I am a) Little bummed, but I came here to compete! Excited for the closing ceremonies tho!" Farrell said in a tweet to NBC Connecticut.
Farrell is making the most of her experience in London. She took photos with NBA star and French basketball team member Tony Parker during lunch on Friday.
Farrell will swim in the preliminary heat of the 4x200 on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The race is scheduled for 6:26 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.