A Deep Dive into a Swimmer’s Life

Westfield swimmer Kate Peck (11) describes her swimming experience and shares tips on staying motivated

Chandler Walker

Staff Writer

January 9, 2022

Q: What made you want to start swimming?

A: I started when I was little and my brother swam, so I think it was partly because my parents thought it would be good for me and partly because I wanted to be like my brother. I was 7 and he was 11 so he was cool.

Q: What events do you specialize in?

A: I mostly do distance freestyle, so for high school I do the 200 and 500 free and some relays. At sectionals my freshman and sophomore year, that’s what I swam. Since I also do club, I swim the mile at those meets.

Q: What has doing relays taught you about this sport?

A: Relays have just taught me to be more of a team player, especially because swimming is almost entirely individual. I have to adjust and make sure I’m focused so I don’t disqualify the whole relay. I also like to try to make sure I have a good attitude and I’m encouraging my teammates. I don’t swim on the championship relay at sectionals, but I swim on the relay in prelims, so it can be a little stressful. If I get disqualified, the championship relay can’t swim, and we usually place pretty high in those events.

Q: How do you prepare for meets?

A: Since I’ve been swimming club for so long and because I’m used to high school meets, I don’t usually get too nervous for meets. When I do feel nervous, I usually listen to music, try to visualize my races, or talk to one of my teammates. At some of our bigger meets that more of us get nervous for, like sectionals, we will usually add some extra fun into our warm-up… At sectionals the past 2 years we’ve either done Just Dance off of someone’s phone or just got each other excited as a team.