PHOENIX, Arizona, September 17. FOUR-star Lindsey LaPorte is the next swimmer in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings Profile series. LaPorte is a freestyle specialist who swims for the Scottsdale Aquatic Club and Pinnacle High.
LaPorte, who keeps her profile in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings powered by Take Your Marks updated on a regular basis, owns a time that clears the U.S. Olympic Trials cut (an integral part of the rankings system). She has clocked a time of 4:18.66 in the women's 400-meter freestyle.
LaPorte also owns a time of 1:50.17 in the women's 200-yard freestyle, which would have cleared the NCAA Division I B cut last year.
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Where and when did you start swimming?
I started swimming when I was 8 on a recreational team in Tucson.
Who would you name as the most influential person and coach in your swimming career?
The most influential person in my swimming career would be my parents in that even though they are not experts in the realm of swimming, they know a lot about life. The things I have learned from them have helped my life as an athlete both in practice and in competitions.
What, to this point, is your best moment in the sport and why?
I have two favorite moments in this sport. One is winning state championships at high school state last year in which our team had swam higher than the expectations of the press and people. It was the first time where I felt the effect of a team accomplishment and its effect on hundreds of people.
The second one is achieving an Olympic Trials cut in which I had reached a personal goal with the support of teammates close by and far away. Seeing that time on the board was a feeling of accomplishment and excitement of knowing that I was one step further in becoming the best I can be.
Walk us through a day of practice:
On a summer day, I will wake up for practice at 5, go to practice at 5:30, come home at around 9, eat and sleep. Maybe do something productive, and then go back to practice at 3:00 for another 2 1/2-3 hour practice.
During the school year, I wake up at 4:30, go to practice at 5, come home at about 6:40, go to school, and then come back to practice at 3 to about 5:30.
Practice always starts with warm up, then a small set, then a pull set, then a kick set and finally the Main set. It adds up to about 6,000-8,000 (yd or m) a practice
What is your favorite set?
My favorite set is race ready in which we practice finishing a sprint hard and strong:
2-3x (depending on the rest of practice)
50-25 fast,25 easy
50- 37 1/2 fast, 12 1/2 easy
50- 40 fast, 10 easy
200- Neg Split, Best time +8
100- fast, best time + 4-6
What is your least favorite set?
I do not like swimming long sets in which we do a large amount of 800s in a row. I have a short attention span when it comes to swimming a really long distance. However, I'm working on focus and hope to become mentally stronger in this area.
What are your short-term goals?
This season I hope to achieve All-American times, high school state records and national cuts (including Olympic Trials cut in the 200 free). I also want to improve relays so that we can also become nationally ranked.
What are your long-term goals?
In the future, I plan on going to a highly-ranked swimming school in which
I can train for the London 2012 Trials and become a NCAA swimmer. This would include a school where I can study either Architecture or law.
What colleges are you interested in so far?
I'm not totally sure what colleges I'm interested in yet. I'm keeping my options open though. I have sent information to schools such as Indiana, Wyoming, Notre Dame, Yale, Princeton, Emory, Arizona State, West Virginia, Colgate and more.
How is the recruiting process going?
So far the recruiting process is mellow. It is an interesting process.