Lindsey Garretson Swims for Southside!!

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Lindsey Garretson Swims for Southside!!

Boushra Raache

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Lindsey Garretson. You may know her from one of the many many clubs she is involved in such as Quiz-bowl, FBLA, and robotics. What you may or may not know is that aside from all these things, she is also a member of the Southside swim team. While Garretson only joined the Southside team this year, she has been swimming for 6 years.

When I first went into this interview, the first thing I asked was why she even went into swim in the first place. “I needed a sport. So I eventually decided on swim,” she said. But that’s not why she stayed. With a smile, she added, “but now you really don’t know why you do it you just do it. It feels good to be in something your good at, you know.” I nodded, not relating.

Since Lindsey is involved in so many things, I was curious as to what she did in her free-time. With a chuckle, she said, “I don’t really have free time. I’m always doing something. I guess I try to do volunteer work when I have time.” If she did have more free time, Lindsey says she would like to catch up on some sleep.

The hours for swim are definitely a challenge and a reason why Lindsey has no free time. Garretson swims about 11 hours a week. Monday through Saturday. From 5 to 6 in the morning. The team also has to swim about 2 miles each practice. Swim season is basically all year round with a two week break in the summer. But despite all these hard hours, swim is still so addicting to Lindsey. She gave me the perfect description saying that it gives an, “adrenaline rush when you race and the feeling of accomplishment.”

Like any athlete, Garretson has times when she feels like quitting, “You feel like your at a plateau but your not getting any better. It’s really hard on your body too, but you get through it cause you know it’s worth it in the end. You go to practice and realize that it’s fun and the people at swim make it everything.”

 

 

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