YFD Senior Spotlight: 12 Questions with Irene Segone

This week, we are thrilled to spotlight our second member of YFD class of 2019! Please share Irene’s questionnaire with your swimmers.

1.       How long have you been on YFD?

            This is my third year on the team.  


2.       Why did you choose the school you will attend next year?

I have decided to attend Sciences Po in France for various reasons, the first being that it offers courses that coincide with my interests. Sciences Po is a very international school, and as I have always lived in a multicultural environment, I felt that it would allow me to grow in a familiar atmosphere.  


3.       Do you know what you want to study? If so, what?

Yes, I will be studying political science, focusing specifically on the Middle East and the Mediterranean. I am interested in expanding my knowledge and understanding of the mafia, human trafficking, and narco-trafficking.  


4.       What is your favorite memory of being on YFD?

It’s hard to compact my experiences on the team to one single memory. I think the time spent building relationships and connections with people is far more valuable than any particular moment. One moment that I do, however, nourish and laugh too when I look back on is last year’s Bronze meet which marked the beginningof my butterfly path. I dived in, swimming right next to Genesis, and I just went all out, without even realizing how tired I was until I touched the wall and was shocked to see a new personal best.

5.       What is the hardest set you can remember doing? The hardest ONE set??

I would say there isn’t just one set that has made me question why I am even at practice. Every single set related to breath-control and snorkeling that Naomi has created has challenged me.  


6.       What is your favorite Naomi story?

Ialways get nervous right before my 200 butterfly. It gets to my head. Naomi knows that and so one of the first times I swam the event, she made me listen to ‘My Time’ and told me that I was a beast. It worked! There are so many other moments that I will always hold onto because Naomi not only passed on her passion forswimming but taught me so much more about life. She has always had all ears and is the last person to still have hope in me, even when I have lost all my motivations and expectations.  

5.       If you go back in time and tell yourself something as a younger swimmer, what would it be?

I would tell younger me that swimming, and this team, in particular, will be one of the best things in my life.

6.       How did you balance academics and being a competitive swimmer?

It’s all about time management and being present. When I’m at practice and swimming it’s not just my body that is physically swimming it’s also my head. When I’m in the pool I forget about school and any other part of my life, I just think of swimming.

7.       What is your favorite pre-meet meal? Bread and pasta.  


8.       What is your favorite event and why?

100 butterfly. I remember when I first started swimming butterfly and I didn’t understand how it could be possible for a person to move in the water like that. With practice and by imitating the movements of the stroke to the song ‘The Greatest’ outside of the pool, I slowly became able to understand the rhythm of butterfly.I swam 100 fly at a bronze meet two years ago, and that marked the start of the inescapable path of Naomi entering me in fly events at every meet  

9.       What is your proudest accomplishment to date?

My proudest moment was when I swam the 400 IM after practice the week before my first long course meet to make sure I was capable of completing it. I did, thanks to my teammates who kept cheering me on from the pool deck.

10.   What advice do you have for YFD swimmers who joined in Middle School or High School?

I joined in 10th grade and one of the hardest things was definitely seeing people my age and younger who were faster than me. My advice is to give it your all and know that even though it will take longer for you to get to the faster heats with people your age, it is possible. This year, after three years of swimming, I have finally qualified for silvers in three (.07 off from four!) events and am sure that if I continued swimming I could qualify for many more meets.