The Morning Swim Show, Nov. 16, 2011: Competing in Two Sports Presents Advantages, Challenges for Lindsay Mullican

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 16. LINDSAY Mullican joins today's edition of The Morning Swim Show to talk about the pros and cons of being a two-sport athlete at Georgia Southern University.

Mullican decided to be a swimmer and runner at Georgia Southern after one year there, and she talks about how doing both sports have helped her, and how it sometimes presents challenges. Watch the full show in the video player below and visit SwimmingWorld.TV for more video interviews.

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Show Transcript: (Note: This is an automated service where some typos and grammatical errors may occur.)

Peter Busch: This is The Morning Swim Show for Wednesday, November 16th 2011. I'm your host Peter Busch. In the FINIS monitor today we'll talk to Lindsay Mullican. She's a swimmer and a cross country runner at Georgia Southern University. And Lindsay joins us right now in the FINIS monitor from Statesboro, Georgia. Hi Lindsay, welcome to The Morning Swim Show. How are you?

Lindsay Mullican: Great. How are you?

Peter Busch: Not too many two-sport athletes anymore. How did you become a swimmer and a runner?

Lindsay Mullican: Well I've probably been doing it as long as I can remember. Back in high school I started running and swimming and was presented with the opportunity here by my swim coach so I couldn't turn it down.

Peter Busch: So did you go to school doing both or did you just start with one?

Lindsay Mullican: Oh I started out with one freshman, sophomore year and then this year, junior year, I started doing both.

Peter Busch: So you were swimming first, correct?

Lindsay Mullican: Correct, yes.

Peter Busch: You've been swimming the whole time, what do you swim?

Lindsay Mullican: Mostly distance events, some IM here and there, nothing breaststroke though, that's for sure.

Peter Busch: Nothing breaststroke– amen. Okay, so that makes sense, your cross country endurance. I mean great cross training for sure. I'm sure it always keep you in shape. Is it difficult balancing the two of those sometimes?

Lindsay Mullican: At times it is – mainly with like class works and stuff because practice and going to the library is kind of tough but overall it's not too bad, just going to practice, get my work done.

Peter Busch: Now I heard a couple of weeks ago you had a swim meet and a track meet in the same day?

Lindsay Mullican: Yes, I sure did.

Peter Busch: Walk me through that day.

Lindsay Mullican: Well it was in Charleston, South Carolina and so we got there bright in the evening for running. We ran Saturday morning around 9 o'clock; a couple of hours later – actually 30 minutes after my race – I was at the swim pool warming up for my meet. I had about an hour to warm up and then got in there and raced.

Peter Busch: How did you swim?

Lindsay Mullican: Pretty good – not my best meet that's for sure but I mean considering what I did I the morning I wasn't too upset with my times or anything so it was a good day.

Peter Busch: Holy cow! So you basically work out more in one day than most people do in a month?

Lindsay Mullican: I'd say so.

Peter Busch: You're in division 3, right?

Lindsay Mullican: No, division 1.

Peter Busch: Oh division 1 – I apologize. There was a swimmer and a cross country runner or a track athlete that we interviewed recently, Laura Barito. She actually won the NCAA Woman of the Year recently.

Lindsay Mullican: That's cool.

Peter Busch: So you're not alone.

Lindsay Mullican: That's good.

Peter Busch: What do you do outside the pool and the track and whatever else?

Lindsay Mullican: Well I like to hang out with my friends and I tend to study a lot because I'm in my major classes right now so I don't do too much yet outside of class and swimming and sports but hang out.

Peter Busch: What are you studying, Lindsay?

Lindsay Mullican: Exercise science.

Peter Busch: Say that again?

Lindsay Mullican: Exercise science.

Peter Busch: Exercise science. So pretty much what you do in the pool and on the track you apply to the classroom.

Lindsay Mullican: Exactly, yes, I have an advantage over other students with that.

Peter Busch: You could teach that class.

Lindsay Mullican: I don't know about that.

Peter Busch: How did you end up at Georgia Southern?

Lindsay Mullican: I got referred for swimming to come here. I just kind of came down on a trip when it was snowing up at home in Pennsylvania. It was nice and sunny, 80-90 degrees here and we were all lying out at the pool on the weekend so I couldn't turn it down.

Peter Busch: Yes, not too bad, huh?

Lindsay Mullican: Yes, it's awesome here.

Peter Busch: Very cool. You're a junior right now?

Lindsay Mullican: Yes.

Peter Busch: You've got one more year. Do you plan to do the dual sport, both sports, next year?

Lindsay Mullican: Yes sir.

Peter Busch: Can you graduate in four years with that kind of workload or are you going to go five?

Lindsay Mullican: I could have done it in four. I'm still kind of in the air about what I'm going to do but I think with having to do an internship at a PT clinic. I'm probably going to do it in four and a half.

Peter Busch: No rush – we know you've got plenty on your plate right now.

Lindsay Mullican: Yes.

Peter Busch: Cross country season's almost over though, correct?

Lindsay Mullican: Yes, it ended last Saturday — that was our conference meet.

Peter Busch: Okay, so that's it, now you can pretty much just focus on swimming.

Lindsay Mullican: Yes, until March, and then we're going to pick up again with track right after swimming conference about a couple of days off and then we start track season.

Peter Busch: What a busy girl you are. Well congratulations on juggling it all. This will be great preparation for like. A full time job will seem like nothing compared to what you're going through right now, I guarantee it.

Lindsay Mullican: I hope so.

Peter Busch: Well Lindsay, thanks a lot for joining us and best of luck the rest of the swim season.

Lindsay Mullican: Thank you. Thanks for having me.

Peter Busch: All right that's Lindsay Mullican joining us in the FINIS monitor today and that is it for today's show. I'm Peter Busch reminding you to keep your head down at the finish.

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