GET TO KNOW US

Get to know the AGUA Masters Swim Team outside of the pool. Learn how Masters members got involved in the sport, hobbies outside of the pool, favorite memories, fun facts, and more. 

 


LEANNE SVOBODA

  1. What do you love most about swimming? Why did you get started in the sport? During my early childhood, my family lived in the Silicon Valley. I grew up swimming in neighborhood pools and at Santa Cruz beaches. I was always the first kid in the water and the last one out. I was a pretty active kid (and it drove my mom crazy), so my parents made me join a swim team, and I fell in love with it. I really do not know what I love most about the sport. It’s a toss between the chlorine smell and the fact that it is the only sport that I am better at than my sister.
  2. When can your teammates find you in the pool? Morning on the Upper East Side is my time to swim. I am usually in lane 8 or lane 4 on 50-meter days and praying no one drops the interval (unless we are kicking).   
  3. What is your day job? I am a clinical pharmacist and currently work in the pediatric ICU.  It is not a typical pharmacist job of dispensing pills, and I do a lot of different things.  A normal day usually includes making sure the medications are appropriately ordered and dosed, but I am really good at dosing vancomcyin and I write a solid sedation taper. 
  4. Where is the most interesting place you have traveled? I think my most unique and impactful travel experience was during my last year of pharmacy school. I volunteered on a medical trip to Nigeria and spent two weeks in Nigerian villages dispensing medications for the clinic.  It was a super interesting trip and experience. My layover back home was actually in New York, and we had a long layover, so I came into Manhattan and walked around.  That was 10 years ago, and honestly, in my wildest dreams never thought I would end up living here. 
  5. If you had to pick one song that sums up your life, what would it be? I am not really a song person. My dad plays the trumpet in a jazz band for fun. Since moving to New York, whenever I am home and they have a gig they play Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” just for me. I love it! 
  6. What is the best way to start the day? Well I swim in the morning, so I think that is a pretty good way to start the day. But if it could be in an outdoor pool, that is really the best. 
  7. What fad or trend do you hope comes back? Meeting people without an app! 

 


SARA GELD

  1. What do you love most about swimming? Why did you get started in the sport? I forget everything when I swim. I just enjoy being told what to do for 60 minutes. No decisions. I started swimming when I was chubby 13-year-old girl at my local YMCA. 
  2. When can your teammates find you in the pool? I swim at the Battery Park City location at lunchtime with Coach Rafa. 
  3. What is your day job? I’m a farm business administrator. 
  4. Where is the most interesting place you have traveled? I absolutely love Patagonia—both the Chilean side and the Argentine side.
  5. If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Read more books!
  6. If you had to pick one song that sums up your life, what would it be? “Lady of the a North” by Bob Dylan.
  7. What are your hobbies outside of the pool? Genealogy, farming. 
  8. What is one thing you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Live in a foreign country. 
  9. What is the best way to start the day? Reading and meditating.

 


JUSTIN SMITH