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Meet the Athlete: Hattie Kugler

Grade: Freshman Sport: Swimming

Delaney Wallerich

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When did you start swimming?

When I was 6, for my club team that I’m still on called Hopkins Hurricanes.

What made you want to start swimming?

A few of my friends did it, and I thought it would be fun to do.

Is there a successful swimmer that you look up to?

I look up to Olympic athletes Lilly King and Conor Dwyer.  I like them because they have a good attitude and love what they do.

How often do you practice?

Six days a week. In the summer we have it in the mornings, but during the school year it’s mostly after school.

What is your favorite part about swimming?

Being able to compete with people and to have fun.

What is the most challenging part of swimming?

Having to keep up with other things, like when you have to do your homework and still be able to do other things.

What is your best event?

100 yard breaststroke.

Does your team have any rituals you do before a meet?

We have a meeting with our coach and then we do visualization to visualize our races, then we do a cheer.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of all the friends I’ve made and of how far I have come.

What has swimming taught you that you could use in your life outside of the sport?

How to be respectful and how to be a leader, because there are younger people on the team.

What are your goals for swimming in the future?

I just want to keep dropping time and having fun with the people on my team.

Are you interested in getting a swimming scholarship to college?

Yes, I think it would be a good thing to do in college.

Do you want to keep swimming for the rest of your life?

Yes, probably, because if you do swimming you get in shape really easily.

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