Birthdate: November 4
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, PA (it’s on the Pittsburgh side)
What is your favorite stroke? Freestyle, but I like backstroke too
What do you love about the sport of swimming? It’s relaxing, but you feel that you got a good workout when you’re done.
What do you enjoy about swimming with DAMA? Meeting new people that join the team.
How long have you been swimming with DAMA? 6 years
Swim Career Highlights/Experience or Swimming Background: Unexpectedly making the PA State Championships in high school for the 200 free relay with girls I’d been swimming with since I was little. We even broke our school record!
How often do you swim? I try for two times a week
Do you compete? If so, what are your favorite events to swim? I compete mostly in pool meets, but have done some open water races. In pool meets I like the 50 yd freestyle and 100 yd IM.
How does swimming affect your lifestyle? Keeps me active, and I know what I’m doing every Monday and Wednesday night.
Future swim goals? Just to keep swimming
What do you in your life outside of the pool? (work/school/etc.) I am a research meteorologist at UNC where I work on helping the National Weather Service improve decision support services to the emergency management community. No, I’m not on TV.
Advice for someone new to the sport? Don’t get discouraged, just keep coming to practice. You’ll improve.
High School: Mt. Pleasant Area
College(s): Penn State for undergrad, University of Oklahoma for graduate school, UNC for certificate in disaster management
Favorite sports (other than swimming): watching football
Ultimate Way to Relax: eating some takeout while watching a movie with my husband
Favorite professional swimmer: Cullen Jones, mostly because I got my picture with him at USMS Nationals in 2009
Favorite food: Spaghetti