How did you
get involved with MTSC Masters?
I found MTSC when I was searching for swim teams in the Nashville
area on the USMS website… a close friend also mentioned that this
team was known to be one of the best ones to swim for “down here.“
is your athletic background?
I played soccer when I was really little, but had ankle problems
and needed to find a different sport. My Mom put me on a swim team
when I was 12 years old and I loved it instantly. I competed on
multiple USS teams and was a State finalist in high school… it led
me to swim in college at IUPUI (Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis).
It was great to train in one of the best pools in the country, but
a shoulder injury forced me to hang up my goggles my junior year.
In 2004, I returned to swimming via USMS.
What do you like best about the sport of swimming?
I like it because it’s an individual sport as well as a “team” sport.
It’s great to swim your own race and work hard to get a personal
best… but it’s also such a blast to swim on a relay and cheer for
your teammates. On a side note… swimming has been a great way to
get back into shape after having children!
you have a spouse or children to tell about?
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Sam. We have 3 kids -
which includes a set of twins!
is your favorite MTSC team memory?
When we won the team trophy at the BG meet - we were jumping around,
cheering and goofing off in the pool. I felt like a kid again!
you compete or simply swim for fitness?
Compete. I will go to as many meets as I can. I tend to stick to
the backstroke events and will dabble in the IM’s because they are
a challenge (my breaststroke is a trainwreck, so I won’t do them
type of work do you do?
I am a stay-at-home Mom... my husband frequently mentions that stay-at-home
Moms have one of the “hardest jobs in the world." Coming to
swim practice is healthy in more ways than one!
else you want to tell about yourself?
I just wanted to say thank you to the team for the nomination. They’re
a great group of people… even when it‘s 5:30 in the morning! ;)
is your athletic background?
12 years ago, I decided to start swimming again, and Ron and Mary
had just purchased Sea Star. The timing could not have been better.
Sometimes in the early years when I got to the pool before Ron,
I would “break in” on of the old sliding doors in the back and start
swimming. You can’t do that now!
I was competitive in Tennis and swimming in high school, but after
that, college happened. While in college, I became competitive in
Frisbee. (I know what you’re thinking…”Frisbee?”, but we had a competitive
“ultimate team” and a disc golf team. It was a lot of fun. I was
also a diver on the swim team for a year at WKU, A little known
fact—Western Kentucky Swim Team Coach Bill Powell is the 2nd most
winning swim coach in NCAA history at the Division I level!!!!
What do you like best about the sport of swimming? Swimming is the
best sport for all around fitness. It is non impact and therefore
does not stress your body like other types of fitness.
you have a spouse or children to tell about? I have been married
for 25 years to my beautiful wife Susan. She will say they have
been wonderful years, but I know she really means she has tolerated
me for that long. I have two beautiful daughters; Jennifer is a
graduate of Beech High School and Maryville College. Stephanie is
a senior at Station Camp High School and is heading to WKU next
year. I am very proud of my family and what they mean to me.
is your favorite MTSC team memory? There are a couple of MTSC team
memories that come to mind. One was when we were having one of our
“Social Outings” during Cinco de Mayo and we had a dancing horse
come and entertain us. It was just that…entertaining! The other
was the first time we went to a meet and became a team instead of
a bunch of people swimming laps. Ron brought us together and led
us to victory! There were many smiling faces that day.
you compete or simply swim for fitness? I swim for fitness, but
I enjoy the competitiveness of the sport. No matter what your age,
there is somebody else next to you trying to make you better (or
kick your butt!)
type of work do you do? I am a sales manager at Lipman Brothers
else you want to tell about yourself? Fun swimming stories? I thoroughly
enjoy the camaraderie that swimming brings, and Ron has given me
the opportunity to grow in this wonderful sport. I also enjoy running
and biking and encourage everyone to get involved in any of these
activities. BRASS (the Bike Ride Around Scenic Sumner) and the Indian
Lake Loop on Thanksgiving Day are two local events to participate