New Year’s Resolutions: What the Swimming World Interns Are Chasing in 2022

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New Year’s Resolutions: What the Swimming World Interns Are Chasing in 2022

One of the main traditions associated with the flip of the calendar is establishing New Year’s resolutions to follow for the 365 days ahead. These resolutions can be wide-ranging, sometimes focused on health and fitness, or as simple as reading a specific number of books during the year. Heading into 2022, we asked our Swimming World journalism interns to reveal – if they wanted – their swimming-specific New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Here is what they said.

Aly Blair

“This year, I want to open the conversation up to what being a swimmer means outside of the pool. There are so many things we do in the pool, but there are also a thousand things that set us apart. As a retired swimmer, I want to help other swimmers continue defining themselves outside the sport.”

Riley Dunn

“My swim resolution is to figure out how I want to continue swimming after high school. I’d like to know whether or not I want to join a club team and/or if I choose a college where I can join their school team. I have a big year ahead of me and that means my swim career is going to have to change at some point.”

Jonathan Edwards

“One of my swimming resolutions for this new year is to find one more thing I love about the sport and what it brings me! I think it is always good to remind yourself about why you are doing something.”

Annika Hobson

“As a senior collegiate athlete, my swimming resolution for the New Year is to enjoy my last part of my competitive swimming career. I want to push myself during my training trip practices, race hard in my last few dual meets and go out on a high note at my last conference championship.”

Sadie Jones

“My swimming resolution for 2022 is to go a best time at high school districts in the 100 backstroke!”

Jesse Marsh

“Stay in the present. Whether it is a bad practice or disappointing race at a meet, move on and focus on how to make the next practice or race better. You cannot change the result of something that already happened, so it makes no sense dwelling on it. Yes, it is okay to take five minutes to be upset and annoyed, but once those five minutes pass, the pouting and feeling sorry for yourself should cease. Staying in the present ensures one bad race does not define your whole meet and one bad practice does not turn into a wasted week of training.”

Suzie Ryan

“Work on mastering the little skills in training, including not breathing off the wall, underwaters, dives and turns because they become the big things come race day. I am also aiming to take a drink bottle to training every session and stretch for at least 10 minutes every day.”

Vanessa Steigauf

“Doing the best I can each day at practice. Making sure to get a good recovery in. Motivate and cheer for my teammates at practice!”

Megan Tseng

“My resolution is to wake up in time for morning practice more often.”

Cooper VanDriessche

“This year I want better myself in the water by putting extra emphasis on my turns and underwaters.”

Evangelia Vasilakis

“I will do my best to find the good things I do in every practice. This will make sure that I always believe in myself.”

Kristen Wagner

“Swimming at a college level can get pretty intense, so my resolution in swimming this year is to HAVE FUN!! In the end, it’s the most important thing. I’ve lost sight of that factor in swimming during the last year, so that will be my main focus going into 2022. Accomplishing your goals is great, but if you aren’t smiling while doing so, it just isn’t worth as much. As my coach always says, ‘Swim fast, have fun, because swimming fast is fun!’ Cheers to the new year!”

Josie Wise

“To find one good thing I did, and one thing to be improved after every race. To tell someone on another team good job or good luck at every meet I go to.”