Splash - March/April 2013 - (Page 32)

HANGIN’ WITH SCHMITTY By Mike Watkins SPLASH • March/April 2013 CLIVE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES 32 A llison Schmitt will miss a lot of things about life as a college swimmer when she finishes her athletic eligibility this month, but there’s one thing she definitely won’t. “I will miss the team, friends and the atmosphere of being in college, but I sure won’t miss jumping into a cold pool at 5 in the morning,” said Schmitt, a senior at the University of Georgia. Along with bus rides to dual meets and traveling as a “big red blob” when she and her teammates go places together, Schmitt lives a relatively normal life, despite having won three gold medals last summer at the Olympic Games in London. She gets up, goes to class, takes tests and writes papers, attends the occasional committee meeting, studies and has as much fun as she possibly can with her friends and teammates, holding firmly onto her final days as a college swimmer and student. She begins each day with 5:30 a.m. swim practice, followed by breakfast with teammates and then getting ready for classes. After her morning classes and lunch, Schmitty heads back to the pool for a couple more hours of practice – all the while finding opportunities to joke around and have fun with her coaches and teammates. “It can be a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun being with friends at practice as well as at school,” said Schmitt, a psychology major who will graduate in December. “Having last year off (from collegiate swimming) definitely put some things in perspective. I definitely took a lot of things for granted (before), and being able to come back and enjoy my last year is a blessing.” Splash kept tabs on Allison’s activities for a couple of days via text messaging, and the following is a recap of a typical day in the life of a college swimmer:

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013

Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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