Kristin Verkler, Danville High School



When did you start swimming?  How did you get started?  What teams or clubs have you swum with?

I took my first swim lessons when I was 3-years old.  My sister was in water therapy, and I would go and watch her…I couldn’t wait to jump in the pool.  I swam in my first meet when I was 6-years old as a “Turtle.”  I started out swimming with the Turtles in Danville.  When that team folded, I swam for Storm Aquatics (back when they had practices in Champaign and Danville).  Then, Team Phoenix started up in Danville, I swam there until they lost their coach.  For the past 1 ½ years, I have been swimming with the Heat. 


What are your college plans?  Will you swim?  What will you major in?

I will attend Illinois State University, majoring in Special Education.  I will definitely be swimming!


What have you learned from swimming?

I have learned several main things, first being that hard work, with a little fun mixed in, pays off.  Secondly, I have learned how to manage time between school, swimming, and friends, especially since I drive to Champaign from Danville.  Most importantly, I have learned to control what I can control, and don’t worry about the rest…thanks, Will!


What is your favorite swimming memory?

I have 2 favorite memories at this time: 

  1. Girls High School Sectionals my Senior year, where I made 2 individual state cuts.
  2. Winning the 400 Free Relay at Long Course Senior State last summer with Audrey, Gabi, and Hannah.


What is your favorite event?  Least favorite?

Favorite:  200 Fly  Least Favorite:  Anything Backstroke 


What is your favorite movie?  Favorite food?  Favorite place?

Notting Hill, pasta and anywhere with a beach!


What 3 people would you invite to dinner?

Patrick Kane, Steven Tyler, and Rhianna


Tell us something about yourself that people might find surprising or interesting.


I am a big hockey fan…especially Chicago Blackhawks.  I used to take ice skating lessons right after swim lessons, my hair was always wet, and finally my parents made me choose between swimming and skating…so glad I chose swimming.