The Morning Swim Show, Sept. 26, 2011: Life as an Athlete Is Helping Hayley Emerick Dive Into Life as a Postgrad

PHOENIX, Arizona, September 26. ON today's edition of The Morning Swim Show we feature an interview with another finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Hayley Emerick, a graduate of Trinity University, talks about finishing her collegiate career in diving, whether she'll continue with the sport and what lies ahead in her postgraduate life. 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: Welcome to the Morning Swim Show for Monday, September 26th, 2011. I'm your host Peter Busch. In the FINIS monitor today, we'll talk to Hayley Emerick. She's one of the finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Hayley is one of four women from aquatic sports nominated for this prestigious award. She was a diver at Trinity, and Hayley joins us right now in the FINIS monitor from her job at Houston. Hayley, welcome to the Morning Swim Show. How are you?

Hayley Emerick: Good morning. I'm doing well, thank you.

Peter Busch: So you were the Division Three national champ in the three meter springboard.

Hayley Emerick: Yes, that's correct.

Peter Busch: Such an impressive array of student-athletes that we have in aquatic sports.

Hayley Emerick: Apparently. I didn't realize until I started looking at the list of those in the running for NCAA Woman of the Year that there were so many in aquatics.

Peter Busch: Well, they have a pretty good track record, too. Three of the past four were swimmers, so it bodes well for you ladies in aquatic sports. Nice to see all of our hard work recognized. Now, outside of being a great diver, you're a great student, obviously, that's why you're nominated for the award. You'd studied business at Trinity?

Hayley Emerick: I did. I studied business with a concentration on marketing.

Peter Busch: All right, so you actually put that into practice. Was it this past summer or a different summer when you went to Costa Rica and volunteered at a startup company?

Hayley Emerick: That was two summers ago. Summer of 2010, I was in Costa Rica.

Peter Busch: Tells us about the experience.

Hayley Emerick: Well, it was really interesting. It was lot different than I thought. I thought it was gonna be a lot more touristy. But where we were was kind of the middle, smack dab in the middle of Costa Rica, so it's a lot more agricultural, a lot poorer than I thought it was gonna be. But what I got to do is really interesting. I got to help a group of five women who had started this company that was a recycling company or they would gather recyclable materials from around the town and they would make really cool stuff out of it. So, like, they would make books and pens and pencils and stuff that was just kind of like souvenir-ish out of it. But the problem was that they were kind of in the middle of nowhere so they had, like, no traffic. So it's my job to go to the nearest tourist center and kind of get their name out there and teach them how to make relationships and make connections with people that could really help their business grow. So it's not — it wasn't really something that we did for them. It was more like teaching them how to grow their own business so that they could it themselves after we leave.

Peter Busch: So you got to use your marketing smarts, apply them to a real business which is, you know, a green business. They're trying to do a good thing. So, very interesting.

Hayley Emerick: Exactly.

Peter Busch: What are you doing now? You're doing some consulting I heard?

Hayley Emerick: Yeah, I'm in the IT consultant business. I work for a company called Capgemini..

Peter Busch: Anymore diving or hang it up?

Hayley Emerick: It's pretty much over, sadly, but I just don't have time to get in the pool when I have to work between eight and 12 hours a day, so…

Peter Busch: Even when you were school, give us the idea of how you balanced the schedule. Because you're in this position today because you were able to successfully do well at school and in your sport. It's something that a lot of student athletes struggle with either because of the time management or, I mean, there's just a lot going on. So tell us how you pulled it off.

Hayley Emerick: Well, I think I was lucky. I learned time management really early on and, like, from I was five because I started doing gymnastics and that was quite a bit of a time commitment. We had to do three to four hours after school every day, Monday through Friday. So I really learned from early on how to get my homework done and get my sports done and, you know, spend time with friends and family. So I just really carried that from kindergarten all the way through senior year in college.

Peter Busch: Well, your hard work paid off, Hayley. And congratulations again on being nominated for this award. I mean, it's incredible.

Hayley Emerick: Thank you.

Peter Busch: All right. Well, thanks for joining us. Good luck on October 16th when they announce this finalist. We will be sure to let everyone know who wins.

Hayley Emerick: Okay, thank you so much.

Peter Busch: That's Hayley Emerick joining us in the FINIS monitor. And just a quick note, in case you missed our interview last week, we already had Laura Barito. She's a swimmer and a track and field star from division three. She's nominated for the award. Kelsey Ward, we will have on tomorrow. She's another swimmer nominated. And Annie Chandler, the all American swimmer from Arizona who a lot of you know. We've already had her on the past so probably won't have her on in this series. But we want you to get to know all of these women nominated for this prestigious award. All right, that's it for today's show. I'm Peter Busch reminding you to keep your head down at the finish.

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