Class of 2018
Butterfly and Sprint Free
What has been your favorite swim team memory?
The Moraine Park picnic, where we all go and introduce ourselves to the freshmen and we have a good time in the water. We do a watermelon game where we cover a watermelon in gelatin, we gather up in teams and see who can get the watermelon to their goalie. It’s a good team bonding exercise where we see who can get the watermelon to their person with a new group of swimmers and divers.
What is unique about Grove City’s swim team?
It’s a very close team, we are close knit like a family. If anyone has any issues or problems with homework or a personal life issue, we always have someone who is there to respond and help them with the issue. We also do meals together and study in STEM (the Science Technology Engineering Math building) together. We have weekly bible studies.
What should a perspective swimmer know?
One thing that I believe is that it’s not the times on the board you’re going to remember after we graduate, it’s going to be the times that we had as teammates with your friends. So, spending times with them is a lot of fun; they are a great family and a great team. It is times where we have movie nights or Moraine picnic are the the times you will remember, you may have a good race sometime and you’ll remember them, but the times spent with the team are the ones that will bring a smile to your face.
How was the program different from what you thought it would be coming in as a prospective athlete?
So, in my high school, we focused more on just getting yardage in on a fast interval. Our coach works on technique, it’s not quite about garbage yardage and time, it is about how well you can swim the stroke and how efficient.
What has your swimming experience been like over the past four years and how did swimming affect your collegiate experience?
I like to think that swimming has helped me to schedule my time a lot better, it takes up a chunk of time so you have to do you have to do your homework in the time slots it lets you have. It has definitely helped me to organize my time schedule better and I problem have better grades when I’m swimming than when I’m not, because its helping me to prioritize things like homework and studying.