Why did you decide to come to Carleton?
I came to Carleton for two reasons. First was because everybody I met was so friendly and genuine. Everyone seemed to be very comfortable with themselves and accepting of others, and I really liked that. Second, I met with Andy and Brooke the day I toured campus, and told them I wanted to swim. I wasn't on a high school or club team in high school, but they didn't seem too concerned. I had a swimming background, and they were excited I wanted to be on the team. Talking with them reassured me that the people at Carleton really are as nice as they seem.
What have been some of the differences between college and high school sports?
Well I didn't swim in high school, but I did play volleyball. The main differences I noticed from a broad perspective is that its a much longer season, which gives you a lot more time to improve and with a longer season, a lot of the times people get pretty tired towards the end of it. Teammates really depend on each other during the end of the season to keep each other motivated and to finish the season off strong.
What are you most looking forward to next season?
Next year I am really looking forward to being captain and leading a very talented group of young women. Every year since I have been at Carleton, the women's team has continued to improve, and I am excited to see what that looks like next year!
What do you enjoy most about your sport?
The thing I enjoy most about swimming is the team aspect of the sport. During the hardest workouts, you know you aren't alone. You are doing it with your team, and they are there to support you. Especially during training trip, the practices are intense. But when you finish them, and go back with your teammates to make food, you have the biggest since of accomplishment that you can share with your teammates.
How do you maintain a balance between sports and other activities at Carleton? What else are you involved in?
Swimming does take up a lot of time, especially during the season. However, the regularity of having swim practices every day, sometimes twice, helps keep your days pretty structured. You know when you have time to fit things in, and when you don't. I still find time to lead tours, dance in Ebony and work as a lifeguard on campus.
What are some of your team's traditions?
One of my favorite traditions is over training trip. Every year the women's team has dessert night, and every room has to make a dessert to share with the rest of team. Then we all meet up and stuff ourselves full of sweets while we open a package that the last years captains sent us, which always has a lot of really fun stuff in it and more candy! We also do a lot of fun stuff like Trick-or-Treat for Ted and intramural sports in the spring.
What is your favorite thing about Carleton?
Really, everyone here is so friendly. Including the professors. Every Thursday for my whole junior year, me and two other students played Euchre (a card game) with one of my economics professors. She loves and we love it, and I am sure we will continue to do it next year. Stuff like that separates Carleton from other schools and makes it awesome!