MESA, AZ - It's not everyday that you get to see your idol at work.
But that was the case for Mesa Aquatics 17-year old swimmers Kyle Ewoldt and Cecilia Kowalski, who were literally feet away from Michael Phelps before he jumped into the water this morning at the Mesa Grand Prix.
"We always watched it on TV. But to be here, swimming with them, is pretty cool to be around," said Kowlaski.
They both hope to bring home Olympic gold medals someday and are looking to take advantage of the national spotlight that a Phelps visit brings.
"The media coverage is really cool and now swimming is really in the spotlight," said Ewoldt.
Phelps announced last week that we was coming out of retirement to compete at the Mesa event.
"I think we're representing really well. And the rest of the country should know that by the end of the weekend."
And when we asked Phelps for any advice for the young swimmers competing on such a big stage, he had this to say.
"The only thing you can tell the kids is have fun. I'm a 28 year old man stepping up on the block and having fun again," said Phelps.