By Matt Oonk
Swimming is primarily an individual sport, but, being a swimmer, I know how important teammates are. This week, Covering Hawkeye Sports is featuring a swimmer that not many may know, but her impact on the team is second to none. That swimmer is senior Kaitlyn Meiste. Being a senior, I asked coach Talsma how she impacts the team, he replied with, “Meiste is a big asset to our team, a lot of girls follow her in the pool and out of it, she’s stepped into a leadership role we needed, and done well.”
We also asked Kaitlyn herself a couple of questions about swimming.
Why do you swim?
- I swim because it’s something I’m okay at and I enjoy the feeling I get when I improve knowing I’ve worked hard.
What makes swimming different from other sports?
- Swimming’s different because it’s more individualized, but we still work as a team to encourage each other and work hard.
Swimming isn’t what most people call fun, what makes it fun for you?
- The best part about swimming is spending time with the team. I love when we have team bonding nights and get to hang out. The team is definitely like a second family to me.