Athlete of the week | Emma Clark | Swimming

When did you start swimming competitively?

I started swimming when I was 7, so I don’t really remember my first meet ever, but I’m sure it wasn’t too great. Although I do remember my first high school swim meet, and it went pretty well. I was really nervous swimmer.

How does it feel when you go up against a team who’s better than yours?

It’s pretty exciting in my opinion, knowing you have someone to race and make you better.

Who got you interested in swimming?

I got into swimming pretty young when my mom thought she was just signing me up for really good swim lessons, not club swimming, but ever since then I’ve stuck with it.

What’s one of your most memorable moments?

Freshman year I got 4th in the 50 free, and that was a really exciting thing for me, placing so high at my first high school state swim meet.

Has there ever been a time when you became uninterested in your sport or bored? 

Yes, nearly every season I go through a period of dreading going to practice. I spend so much time at the pool it gets really tough to make myself go there every day and work hard. Especially for 5:30 a.m. practice.

Have you ever won a championship? If so how did it feel?

Our team has never won the championship meet overall, but personally, I have won an event at State. It was a great feeling. Swimming is a lot of work; getting the pay off is awesome.

How did it feel getting youŕ first victory?

It was a really good feeling, all my hard work paying off.

Do you or your team have a certain style to your strategies or game plans?

We train really hard all season, and then taper for the last two weeks of the season. Basically, we rest up so we’re ready to go super fast at the champ meet. This isn’t really a secret strategy, though. Every swimmer does it.

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