Q: How did you get into swimming?
A: “My mom put me in a summer league team so I could learn how to swim when I was six.”
Q: Were you good from the start?
A: “No, I was not, I was terrible when I started.”
Q: Explain some stories about your first experiences with swimming.
A: “My first race was a 25 freestyle, but I did 25 doggy paddle instead, that’s the earliest memory.”
Q: How old were you when you started to get good?
A: ”Eight or nine, maybe 10.”
Q: Do you still swim summer league or have you moved on to other leagues?
A: “I swim both the year round team, which is VAST, [Valley Area Swim Team] and I swim summer league for Westover Waves.”
Q: How far do you think swimming will take you?
A: “College probably.”
Q: How do you fit in other aspects of your life?
A: “I don’t really, I used to take drum lessons but not anymore.”
Q: From what I’ve seen, you coached swimming. Tell me about coaching.
A: “I coach eight [year olds] and under over the summer. Some of the kids don’t listen. I love coaching because seeing kids race makes me proud seeing what they can do.”
Q: Was there anyone you felt improved because of you?
A: “Kind of, we had multiple coaches in one lane, so it was kind of like a group thing.”
Q: Is coaching something you would be interested in later on, and why?
A: “Yes, I just like helping kids enjoy swimming and learn how to swim, I think it’s fun watching them be successful.
Q: If swimming doesn’t work out, what do you plan on doing in life after college
A: “I’ll stop swimming, get a job, regular stuff. Actually have a life.”