Senior Erin Himes of the Pepperdine women's swimming team tells us about being a two-semester sport and looks back on her time at Pepperdine. Swim and dive have their season split in two, with one half being held during the fall semester, and the other portion during the spring semester. Everything is working toward the PCSC Championships from February 8-11.
Q: The swim and dive
season is a split season. What is that like, knowing that you will be competing
for a lot of the school year?
is definitely a lot, especially managing school both semesters, and competing
the whole time. But, it is good to have the fall to figure out where we are at
as a team, and seeing what we need to work on going into the spring. In the
spring, we really get to focus on swimming fast at conference. Everything in
the fall is focusing on each individual meet, and the spring is completely
focused on conference and getting ready for that meet.
Q: So you would say that the spring semester is a little more intense than the
A: Absolutely. It is shorter, but the meet is so much more important than all the other meets. There are a lot less meets, in order for us to rest and prepare for the one big one at the end.
Q: Knowing that you have the second half of the season remaining, does the motivation to train during winter break remain the same as during the semester itself?
A: We are all definitely encouraged to get in the water a lot over break,
because the second half of the season is so important. We all go home, and
train with either a team or on our own. Then we come back a week early from
break and have a really intense week of practice before anybody else is on
campus to get back in shape for the spring semester.
Q: Will you personally be training by yourself or with a team? And is the team usually a club team that you swam with in high school?
A: I will be training with the club team I swam with in high school. A lot of the girls go back and train with the club team that they swam with over winter break.
Q: Looking back on your four years at Pepperdine, have the more memorable meets come during the fall or spring semester of the season?
A: I would say conference is always the most memorable, swimming-wise,
because the energy at that meet is so electric and so much fun. Plus, everybody
always swims so well, so it is a really encouraging time and a good note to go
out on. Another meet that we all really love is the Cal Poly meet. It is always
a really fun weekend. I would say that those meets are my most memorable in my
Q: What are your goals going into these last couple of meets?
A: Just to have fun and enjoy it. Swimming will end for me after college, so being able to enjoy my last meets as a competitive swimmer will mean the world to me. I also, of course, want to swim my best times in the events that I swim.
Q: What have these past four years here meant to you, both as an athlete and as
A: I love Pepperdine so
much. I have absolutely had the best four years of my life here. Especially
being on the team. Coach Nick (Rodionoff) was the reason I came to Pepperdine,
and he is my reason why I have loved my swimming career so much. And being on
the team with all of these girls has been so fun and encouraging. I have really
loved getting the chance to participate in a collegiate sport. Academically, I
have had such a great four years. I have so many professors here who care about
me and made a huge impact on my life.
Q: What are
expectations like for the remainder of the season, and how do you think that
the team will achieve those goals?
A: I think the expectations are pretty high. We had a great year last year, and we want to improve on that. We had a lot of really good freshmen come in both last year and this year, so having more people who can contribute both to a positive environment and also to be able to score higher is really great. Hopefully we will get to improve on our score in conference, and everybody will individually be able to get new best times and be proud of their season.