New Year’s Resolutions from Yours Truly: Swimming World College Interns Take on 2019

University of Hawaii Photo Courtesy: Jonas Guzat

On behalf of Swimming World Magazine‘s school year intern class of 2018-19, we’d like to wish you all a happy New Year! This year’s class has contributed greatly to our online content and represent each division of the NCAA as well as the NAIA. With a new year upon us, it’s time to celebrate the achievements of the past year and also refocus on goals for the upcoming one. Here’s an exclusive look at each of our intern’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2019!

Our New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

Olivia McKelvey, Florida Institute of Technology
My New Year’s resolution is to simply take more leaps of faith and step outside my comfort zone!

Taylor Covington, Boston College
My New Year’s resolution is to view each day as a blessing, as if it were the most important day of the year each and every day.

Emily Thirion, Duquesne University
My New Year’s resolution is to be more kind to myself and to others.

Grace Nordquist, Morningside College
My New Year’s resolution is to be a more positive leader on my team and to not get so upset after swimming not-so-great times.

Lianne McCluskey, Smith College
Break at least one old, negative habit. Create at least one new, positive habit. Stay true to yourself in the process.


Arcadia University Photo Courtesy: Taylor Byers – Team Member

Taylor Byers, Arcadia University
My New Year’s Resolution is to be open minded and take every opportunity that I have the chance to take. This year, I want to live regret free, since I will be going through big changes such as graduating college and finding a career.

McKenna Ehrmantraut, University of Puget Sound
While I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions, this coming year I want to explore the world and continue to enjoy fun and unique experiences with my family and friends. I also want to become more involved in advocating for women’s rights and against animal cruelty.

Kaylie Williams, Beloit College
My New Year’s Resolution is to spend less time on my phone/electronics and to focus on living in the moment. I think I’ve become more reliant on electronics than I should be, and I think it’s important to slow down and enjoy the moment and people right in front of you.


Denison University Photo Courtesy: Devin Javens – Team Member

Devin Javens, Denison University
For my New Year’s Resolution, I’m going to try and find joy in every new day, even the stressful or bad ones. I aspire to be more appreciative of the life I have and also be more vocal about my appreciation for others.

Maggie Lasto, Eastern Connecticut State University
My New Year’s resolution is: To sleep more!


Kate Santilena (Right) and Teammate Photo Courtesy: Jonas Guzat

Kate Santilena, University of Hawaii
My New Year’s resolution is to take time to look into various career paths to have a better idea about opportunities for me after I graduate. I also want to better organize and prioritize what I need to do to tackle my graduate thesis in time for graduation. Finally, I want to explore anything and everything Hawaii has to offer!

Isabelle Robuck, University of Nebraska-Omaha
My New Year’s resolution is to live the end of my swimming career to the fullest. I want to be regret free and to enjoy everything about my last season as a swimmer!


U of Nebraska-Omaha Photo Courtesy: Isabelle Robuck – Team Member

Tucker Rivera, University of Chicago
I want to spend (a lot) less time procrastinating on social media.

Kelsey Mitchell, Lake Forest College
My New Year’s resolution is to explore more career opportunities and the world around me. I want to take all of the wonderful opportunities I’m offered and to learn as much as I can.

Ryan Gibbons
This year, I want to make sure that I make the most out of every opportunity I have in and out of the water. Conversely, I also want to ignore the opportunities given to me in the form of sugar cookies and ice cream.

Courtney Mykkanen, University of California, Berkeley
My New Year’s resolution is to live each day to the fullest by trying new things and going on many adventures.

Xonzy Gaddis, Grinnell College
My New Year’s resolution is to cook a dish from around the world once a week.

J.P. Mortenson, Dartmouth College
My New Year’s resolution is to find more efficient and intelligent ways to achieve my goals, both in and out of the pool.

Melissa Wolf, Assistant Coach at St. Norbert College
In 2019, I want to be less driven by fear of failure and instead view challenges as something to aspire to. My goal is to do one thing each month that scares me.

Olivia Wile, University of Findlay
Also, my New Year’s resolution is to get better at making decisions for myself!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2019?

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Thomas A. Small
5 years ago

Happy New Year

Brian Mullies
5 years ago

Do they need a coach ?

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