April 29, 2020
1) How long have you been on YFD?
I’ve been on YFD for 10 years!
2) Why did you choose the school you will attend next year?
I fell in love with Georgetown University when I first visited campus. I knew I wanted to go to a medium sized school that was near a city and had a lot of school spirit. Georgetown checked off all of my boxes. Everyone there is so kind and driven both in academics and extracurriculars. There are so many opportunities on campus and in the DC area that I can’t wait to explore!
3) Do you know what you want to study? If so, what?
I’m planning on studying Physics with a possible minor in Italian.
4) What is your favorite memory of being on YFD?
There have been so many amazing memories from the past 10 years. If I had to choose one, it would probably be from the MIT Championships in 2017. Esme, Aimee, Jacyn, Maya and I were eating lunch at Chipotle when one of us (I don’t remember who) started laughing at something they saw on Instagram. We all watched it, and we reacted as if it was the funniest thing we had ever seen. We couldn’t stop laughing - not even as we left the Chipotle and walked back to our hotel. It was like something came over us... it was definitely a moment I won’t forget.
5) What is the hardest set you can remember doing?
Anything involving 400 IMs (I’d always get wiped out by the initial 100 fly) or sets of 200 frees (going from 1x200 to 2x200s to 3x200s up to 8x200s, then back down to 1x200).
6) What is your favorite Amine story?
Probably when he partied at my Bat Mitzvah. Especially back then, it was rare to see him so laid back since we were all so used to him barking at us during practice and at meets!
7) If you could go back in time and tell yourself something as a younger swimmer, what would it be?
Probably to not put myself down too much after a rough race. Gaining time can be disappointing, but it doesn’t mean you’ve lost the ability to drop. You can bounce back if you believe in yourself.
8) How did you balance academics and being a competitive swimmer?
Over the years, I have developed my time management skills. Since I go to school in the Bronx, I got used to doing homework on the bus to and from school. I would also study for tests during meets with my teammates using flashcards on Quizlet.
9) What is your favorite pre-meet meal?
Pasta with butter and cheese is always my go-to.
10) What is your favorite event and why?
Probably the 100 free. I battled with that event for years, trying to break that one minute mark. I would always get so close, less than half a second away, but it would slip through my fingers. When I finally did it, I was ecstatic! I think the adrenaline from that day never left, since I still feel that rush every time I swim the 100 free.
11) What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
I’m proud of myself for pushing through in the past few years even when I stopped improving.
12) Do you have any advice for the younger swimmers on the team who might want to swim collegiately?
I would say that you should work hard and try you best, but keep things in perspective. It's important to maintain a balance between swimming and academics. Be sure to take care of yourself -- both physically and mentally. High school can be stressful, so it’s important to take a step back every once in a while to do some self-reflection. If you ever feel overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to reach out to coaches and/or loved ones. They’re there to support you through the whole process! Although I won't be swimming at the collegiate level, I am planning on joining my school’s club team.