Q: How was the experience at the AT&T Winter National Championships?
A: It was pretty incredible to be on a pool deck with past Olympians and future Olympians. Being in an environment that is that highly competitive is pretty awesome.
Q: Was this year a little lighter on the nerves, it being your second appearance?
A: It was definitely different. I wasn't as nervous because I had this sense that I belonged and deserved to be competing with these people. But at the same time, there were a lot more Olympians there this year than the past year, so I was a little awestruck at times.
Q: Was there more on the line besides the National Championships, like a trip to the Olympic Trials?
A: There was, and unfortunately I did not meet the time to qualify for the Olympic trials. I was very close, however, and am going to try again in a couple of months.
Q: This is your final season as a Wave, what has it been like?
A: It has been truly incredible. Our team has expanded a lot, so it was a difference that we all noticed, but it has been nothing but a pleasant this year.
Q: What are your aspirations, both in sport and life, going forward from Pepperdine?
A: Being able to give back to a sport that has given me so much. Hopefully in the form of coaching, which would be a lot of fun and extremely exciting. I just want to share the passion that I have with others.