What are the team’s goals for the remainder of the season? With only a couple of meets left, I think the biggest goal for both the men’s and women’s teams is to swim some fast times in preparation for a strong conference meet at Grinnell. The guys’ team has a really good shot at shocking our conference and really moving up in the ranks.What is your favorite stroke? What is your least favorite? Why? Even though I swim the IM, I’m a freestyler at heart. I hate the butterfly; no one should ever have to put their body through something that awkward just to move forward in the water.
Is there a certain ritual you perform before each race? Is there any special reason behind your pre-race rituals? I usually listen to a couple of different songs before I race, usually “Killing In the Name” by Rage Against the Machine, and then I take my time and sit behind the lane I swim in about 5-10 minutes early just to think about my race. There isn’t much of a reason, just to get excited and focus.
What is the best post-swim meet meal? When I was little my parents never let me eat junk before or during swim meets, so I always got to eat Puppy Chow when I got done.
What has been your biggest personal accomplishment over the past four years? Our team has faced some interesting situations since Coach Kirner left after my sophomore year. I think the seniors on this team have done an amazing job of keeping this team together over the years and focused toward remaining one of the top swimming programs in the conference. Personally, I just love swimming fast and watching my teammates swim fast at the end of the season, and that happens every year.