Hometown and Current residence: I grew up in Fayetteville until I was in junior high, then moved to and graduated from Rogers. I currently live in Pea Ridge.
Family and Occupation: I have three kids, Brooklynn-20, Aidan-16, and Evie-7. I manage the children’s services program at the Sunshine School & Development Center in Rogers.
Swimming background: I started on the swim team at 11 in Fayetteville. At that time they had the youth center pool and the small swim club, FYC Flipturns. When we moved I continued to swim for Fayetteville and the Rogers High School until I was a Senior, then became quite burnt out. I didn’t return to swimming until I started being more interested in triathlons about 5 years ago. I joined the masters program and realized my love for the sport again.
Favorite event/race: I was always a sprinter so 50’s and 100’s were my favorite as a kid. They didn’t have it as an event often, but 50 fly was my favorite. Now I enjoy longer distances like open water swims and triathlons. I really love them all.
Swimming hero: Summer Sanders and Janet Evans.
Swimming goals: I just want to maintain fitness at this time. I would love to do some more swim meets to mix it up.
Advice to new masters swimmers: Keep on showing up, it gets easier and is such great exercise that can be continued for the lifetime.
Hobbies: Triathlon, and anything outdoors. Lifting and strength training as well, a very important compliment to any sport.
Favorite drills: My absolute favorite is the finger flick drill. Also, using paddles is a ton of fun.
Do you participate in other sports? Oops, see hobbies.
Where do you currently swim? Walton Life Fitness Center