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Student-Athlete Profile: Grace Cromier '13

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why did you decide to come to Carleton?

I decided to come to Carleton because it offered the perfect balance between sports and academics.  I knew that it would be a challenging environment that would provide enriching experiences that would really help to define who I am.

What have been some of the differences between college and high school sports?

In college there is a much greater sense of what being on a team means.  In high school, it is sometimes harder to see that you are apart of something larger than yourself.  At Carleton, you are apart of a team first; your individual success comes second to your team's success.

What are you most looking forward to next season?

I am looking forward to finishing my swimming career on a high note.  It will be a great year to bring everything I have learned about myself and the sport together. It will be satisfying to reflect back on all of the great experiences I had with the team.

What do you enjoy most about your sport?

First and foremost I enjoy how close the team is.  Having a large circle of close, genuine friends is really comforting.  Secondly, I enjoy reaping the benefits of hard work and watching my teammates do the same.  Experiencing success gives me energy and motivates me to set the bar higher for the future.  

Swimming helps me maintain focus.  Time management is huge at Carleton and having a positive outlet that allows me to recharge to dedicate myself to school is key for me.  

What are some of your team's traditions?

During spring term our team gets together a variety of intramural squads.  It's pretty fun to watch a group of uncoordinated swimmers try to pass as land athletes.

What is your favorite thing about Carleton?

Carleton is a great place to form meaningful connections with people that are sure to last beyond the four years a student spends here.  Anyone would be hard pressed to find another group of individuals who are as motivated, genuine, and caring as the people at Carleton and that's the honest truth.