Meet the Alexander Sisters

May 27, 2009

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KATE ALEXANDER: I’m Kate Alexander, a junior.

MAGGIE ALEXANDER: I’m Maggie Alexander, and I’m a freshman.

BECKY ALEXANDER: I’m Becky Alexander; I’m a senior.    

ALL: We are the Alexander sisters, and this is our Carleton.

KA: To be swimming in the water, everything else kind of goes away and you’re just like in your own mind.

MA: It’s like you can forget about everything that’s bothering you when you’re in the water and just really concentrate on something you’ve been doing for a while and that you know you can do, and you can do well.

BA: I guess there have been a lot of good times, but I think a highlight definitely would have been winning the conference meet. I was on a team with Kale Zicafoose, Kaarin Taylor, Kate Alexander and myself. It was a medley relay, and we just went out there from the very beginning, got all personal best times, and got a huge school record, conference record. So that was a really incredible moment.

MA: The meet was going very well. It was my first race, and in the morning I swam my season best of the year, which was about four seconds faster than I had been going, which is a lot.

BA: She went in with the goal of breaking the five minutes, and personally I thought that was kind of a lofty goal. I didn’t know if that could be done. It’s a really fast time.

MA: I got up behind the block, and the moment I dove in, I just felt – I don’t know, it felt right.

BA: We’re watching the splits and she’s under a minute every hundred, and it was so nerve-wracking, but as I was watching, I was like, “I can’t believe this is happening.”

MA: I finished, and I looked up at the team, and they were going crazy, and then I looked at the board and saw my time, and I just could not believe it. It was really incredible.

BA: Everybody on the team was so excited. She did break the five minutes, and I was like, bawling.

MA: Becky and Kate came running over just crying, and gave me big hugs, and it was really great.

Carleton has changed my life, and it’s been such an amazing experience, and it wouldn’t be possible without your donations. I try to give it my all, and that’s what I’m asking you to do for us.


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