Which five words best describe your team?
Giddy. Dedicated. Intelligent. Quirky. Loyal.
What's your favorite team tradition?
Come championship season, every girl makes a poster for a guy on the men's team. We put them up secretly in their locker room a few days before the conference meet. We also just go kind of wild in their locker room, painting mirrors with chalk and throwing streamers all over.
The men's team delivers "secret" roses to the women's locker room, one for each of us. I think this tradition is really symbolic of the amazing relationship we have with our male counterparts. They are so supportive of us, as we are of them, and it makes being a swimmer/diver here that much more fun. They are really handsome too, which is a plus!
What is your team theme song?
Probably "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera. It is so empowering!
If your team were a TV show, which one would it be?
If we were a TV show, we would probably be the show "New Girl." Jess is so quirky and fun. Also, she lives in an apartment with a bunch of male friends. Their place gets a little dysfunctional at times, as you can imagine. But, they get through tough situations and adversity through their loyalty to each other. Our school is really tough, being a top-five school academically, and I think if we didn't have a fun and supportive team environment then we wouldn't be able to keep such a fast and dedicated team. Our women's team current senior class has had 100 percent retainment from freshman year -- not a single one of us has dropped out of the team. You know something awesome and special is going on when that is the case.
If your team had to play another sport besides swimming and diving, what would it be?
It would definitely be ultimate frisbee. During the first few weeks of the season, while the weather is still warm in Chicago, everyone gets so excited on the few days our coach lets us play ultimate frisbee outside as our dryland exercise before practice. After the season is over, we have "Frisbee Fridays" where everyone meets at the same park after classes are over for the day to play frisbee for hours. It's a great way for us to make sure we see each other and stay fit during the offseason.