Featured Athlete: Rachel Easton

Grade: 11 | Sport: Swimming

Violet Tsai

Wingspan: How long have you been swimming and what do you enjoy most about it?

Easton: “I’ve been swimming for four years now and I enjoy the rewarding feeling I get from doing a really hard practice and doing well at big meets.”

Wingspan: Do you follow an exercise routine or a diet plan for this sport?

Easton: “I do follow an exercise routine; I swim twice a day- Monday through Friday, once on Saturday. I only eat really healthy towards the end of the season, when all of our championship meets take place, but otherwise I don’t really have a diet plan.”

Wingspan: What events do you normally do and which are your favorite?

Easton: “I normally do the 500 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, and the 200 IM. I like the 100 breaststroke because it’s the shortest of all of them.”

Wingspan: How do you fit swimming into your daily schedule?

Easton: “A lot of time management; because of just being a junior and all the classes I’m taking, I have to be really well with my time.”

Wingspan: How has being a swimmer impacted your school life?

Easton: “It’s kind of made me not be able to procrastinate a lot of the time on a lot of things. It’s because if I procrastinate, then I won’t have any time to get it done because I can’t miss practice.”

Wingspan: How has being a swimmer impacted you in your personal life?

Easton: “I mainly hang out with other swimmers. I don’t really get a lot of time to hang out with school friends, so my circle of friends is just of swimmers.”

Wingspan: How are you preparing for your upcoming district meet and what do you think will be your biggest challenge?

Easton: “I’m eating healthier and I’m going to start going down in yardage. I’ll have to be well-rested for that. My biggest challenge will be overcoming the fact that all of my events that I will be swimming in for districts are pretty close together, so I’ll have to quickly recover for my next events.”

Wingspan: Do you think you would consider swimming in college?

Easton: “Yes. I will be swimming in college.”

Wingspan: Do you have any advice for any aspiring swimmers or those who are learning to swim competitively?

Easton: “Even though it’s really hard, it’s worth it in the end to be able to accomplish your longtime goals. Whenever you’re having a really hard day, you just have to keep going.”