The UNO swim team has successfully completed their off season practices and is about to dive into summer training. Sophomore swimmer Jamie Dhabalt has completed her second year of Division 1 swimming.
“Coming in as a freshman, I was really nervous and scared because I didn’t know what to expect. I was used to high school training and I didn’t know that college training was going to be even harder than that,” said Dhabalt. “I honestly wasn’t sure how long I was going to last my freshman year, but I did. So far I’m half way done with my four years here being on the UNO swim team.
Dhabalt says she has a lot to accomplish in the pool before her last two years of swimming are over. Her main stroke is breaststroke and this year she had the fastest 100 meter breaststroke on the team.
“I have a lot of goals I’m striving for in the next two years, mainly with my breaststroke and I am also an IM’er. Probably the main event I am going to focus on is my 100 breaststroke, ” said Dhabalt. “So far I am two seconds away from the school record and that’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot and I’d really like to break.”
For Jamie, being a college athlete has taught her more than just swimming. She has learned lessons that she will take with her beyond the swimming world and into her future life.
“So far I’ve learned a lot of things, I’ve learned about how to be motivated, how to go through really hard training and how to be driven. I’ve also made a lot of friends and I’ve just learned a lot of lessons through my two years and I hope to learn many more for the next two years,” said Dhabalt.
For the UNO School of Communication, I’m Sydney Dhabalt.