Dutchwoman of the Week: Kerry Kelly ’20

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Courtesy of Union Athletics
Courtesy of Union Athletics

 

Hometown: Katonah, NY
Major: Undecided
Clubs/Activities: Swimming

Q: Can you briefly explain your experience swimming before coming to Union?
A: I have been swimming since I was a little girl. I swam for both a club team, Empire Swimming and my high school’s team. I began swimming because both of my parents were swimmers when they were young. They pushed me to try the sport when I was 8 years old and I have been swimming ever since then.

Q: How has the transition been to college-level athletics?
A: I was very well-prepared for college swimming thanks to my years of experience with a highly competitive club swimming team. The training regimen for a college-level swimmer is much different than it is for a high school club swimmer. College practices are much more specialized to the individual’s particular events and strokes.

Q: You’ve already been quite successful, coming close to breaking some longstanding records at Union. Are you surprised to be doing so well off the bat?
A: I am very pleased with myself, but I could not have done any of this on my own. My coach, Scott Felix, and my teammates have put in a lot of work in order to help me improve in the pool and get stronger at lifts. I hope to be on the record board by the end of this season and I am just very excited to be a part of an amazing team here at Union.

Q: Do you have any goals set for over the next four years regarding swimming?
A: I would love to make Nationals in my top events this year and, if not this year, definitely in the years to come. I would also love to see my name on the record board. I am hopeful that I will achieve both of these goals by the end of the season.

Q: Would you consider your sport to be more of an individual sport or a team sport?
A: Swimming is a good mixture of the individual and the team. You may swim individual races but, in the end, everything you do is for the team. I find that the best swimmers are the ones who put the team first and do their best to accomplish what the team needs them to do.

Q: What kinds of things run through your mind while you are racing?
A: I try to focus on the advice I get from my coaches before my race, whether it’s fixing my technique or racing strategy. I am also quite competitive so I try to push myself to beat the girls I am racing against.

Q: Balancing a varsity sport and a full academic course load is tough. What advice do you have for students in regards to better managing their time?
A: My main advice for others would be stay focused on the reason you are here: school always comes first. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the people around you for help, especially your older teammates. Chances are they have taken the same class or had the same professor and can give you tips on how to better succeed in the classroom.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?
A: I love milkshakes and French fries from Rathskeller!

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