How would you sum up your experience at UW thus far?
It is hard to sum up the past four years here at UW. It has been such a learning experience! Some of the best and worst days of my life have been in the past four years. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. The University and the swim team have become such a huge part of my life.
What is your favorite race? Why?
This is a close one, but probably the 200IM. I really enjoy being able to switch through all four strokes in one race. Also the challenge it takes to have enough speed in each stroke to perform the race well enough.
What made you interested in swimming and when did you know it was a sport you wanted to compete in at the college level?
I had always enjoyed being around the water from a very young age. I started the summer recreation swim team when I was four years old and pretty much never looked back! I competed in other sports until high school when I stuck with just swimming. Freshmen year of high school I decided I wanted to swim for a university and tried to remain committed enough to do so.
Where is your favorite place to travel for a meet?
All before my college career I swam at sea level and outside. To this day that is still my favorite place to compete. College has allowed me to swim at some pretty awesome facilities but I have always preferred outside!
What is a typical day like for you during the season?
I really don't do much this final semester! Other than eat and take a lot of naps during the day, I go to my only class throughout the week!
What are the top three websites you visit the most?
My team thinks I am a total nerd when it comes to swimming and I guess it shows! Other than Facebook.com being my most visited, it would be swimmingworldmagazine.com and collegeswimming.com. All three I check multiple times a day!
Being a senior, you have competed in many meets at the collegiate level. Is there a meet that stands out the most for you? Why?
I have two that were really memorable for me! The first was my freshman year at conference when I won the 100 Backstroke. It was awesome to experience that type of win with the entire team cheering and behind me for the race. The second was last year when we traveled to San Diego to compete against UCSD and Hawaii. We have a tradition of doing our Haka dance before each meet and Hawaii decided to Haka battle us. It was the most intense thing I have ever been a part of!
What are your responsibilities as the President of SAAC, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee?
To keep all the SAAC reps and the other SAAC officers in line of course! But seriously, I basically am in charge of the meetings and to make sure what is on our agenda for that week. SAAC has been such a sweet experience and I am fortunate to work with such a great group of people!
What career path do you want to pursue with the Kinesiology and Health Promotion degree?
I absolutely love the sport of swimming so naturally I want to coach. That has been my plan since I was 14 years old!
What is the hardest part about training for the season?
Longer backstroke swim sets. I really struggle with them and some days it is just horrible to say the least. But that is something I keep trying to get better at!
What is one thing you will take away from your experience as a student-athlete?
It is what allowed me to get through college so gratitude for sure. But also learning to balance everything in your life!
What has been the hardest class you have taken here?
Haha without a doubt, Human System Physiology. It was the worst grade I received in my college career. I even planned on retaking it this semester to improve my grade but after the first day I dropped the course. Haha, I do not want to go through that class again!
How do you stay mentally tough throughout the entire season?
That is probably the hardest thing about swimming. I personally have to find different things to motivate myself. Typically, when you are healthy and swimming fast, that is enough to be motivation for practice. But when things are not going well, I really try to stay focused on my guys' team and giving them my best efforts. They are such an awesome group of guys and that don't deserve any less!