Hometown and Current residence: I moved around a lot as a kid. Germany, Texas, Chicago area and suburbs. I was in DeKalb, IL for HS. We moved to AR in 2005, and I’m currently in Springdale.
Family: I have 4 children, 3 grandkids, 1 dog and 1 husband. We’ve been married for 39 years 🙂
Occupation: I have been described as a “Jill of all trades and a master of none.”
Swimming background: I’ve always loved to ‘swim’, though wasn’t afforded the opportunity to join a team until the summer I was 13. I swam in HS, mostly the 100 Free, 200 Free and 4×100 Fr Relay. I’ve been a member of USMS as time and children have allowed, in Michigan, in Iowa (where for Y2K New Years Eve we swam 100 x 100s on the 100 so that our last 100 was at midnight! ) and now Arkansas.
Favorite event/race: I enjoy the challenge of the I.M event. My favorite right now is the 100IM. But of course, any time I get to race is a ‘favorite.’ My favorite swim was in Kona, Hi. While Chris paddled on a board, I swam the open water portion of the Ironman course – it was thrilling, spectacular ( and you kind of have to get out of your head in such a wide open setting!)
Swimming hero: Personally, a high school swim buddy MB McGinnis. Nationally: Janet Evans. Locally: Dotty Burke and Linda Bland both inspire and motivate me.
Swimming goals: I am trying to get stronger and work my way up from 100 to 200 IM.
Advice to new masters swimmers: Stick with it. Seasons of life come and go – can take you away. Find your way back to the pool. Enjoy, smile, laugh – give yourself grace to progress at your own pace… and don’t forget to try something new along the way.
Hobbies: Sketching, quilting, golf.
Favorite drills: I do love to scull !
Do you participate in other sports? Yes I have over the years. Ladies golf league, Running half marathons. Here in Ar. I started participating in triathlon in order to help a friend feel more safe and comfortable with the open water portion.
Where do you currently swim? I swim with the AquaHawg master program at the Jones Center.
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