Amy Griffin, a freshman
freestyler on the women's swim team, has made a huge splash on the team during
her first semester. She tells us about her accomplishments thus far and her
hopes as she continues her swimming career here at Pepperdine:
Q: How did you choose to come to Pepperdine?
A: I chose Pepperdine for a number of reasons, including the beautiful campus, close community, swim team and proximity to home, but mainly because of the Christian values in and out of the classroom.
Q: How has your first semester been going with balancing swimming and school?
A: My first semester has been difficult being a sports med major with hard science classes. It's hard to find enough time to study while still getting eight hours of sleep before practice every morning.
Q: What do hope to do with your degree some day?
A: I'm interested in going into either physical therapy or nursing.
Q: You were awarded the PCSC Division I Athlete of the Week award a few weeks ago. How did that feel?
A: I was really surprised to be awarded athlete of the week but it was really exciting and it felt really good to be recognized.
Q: You had an outstanding performance at the recent A3 Invitational. How did you prepare for your first big collegiate meet?
A: To prepare for A3, I tried to get enough sleep at night to stay healthy and to be ready to work hard at practice in the morning while still having the energy for afternoon practice. In addition, I try to eat well and eliminate junk food, only eating food that I knew would give me more energy in the pool.
Q: What is the team dynamic like?
A: With a team of 40 women it is hard for everyone to be close. However, I've found a good group of close friends on the team and have been trying to get to know everyone. I love encouraging and cheering for my teammates and if you radiate a positive attitude, other people will respond in a similar way.
Q: What are your goals for the rest of the swim season?
A: My goal for the rest of season is obviously to improve and drop time in my events. I also want to not focus too much on times because I think it is more important to have fun and learn life lessons than swim .1 seconds faster.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish, in swimming, in your four years at Pepperdine?
A: In the next four years of swimming at Pepperdine, I hope to be a leader through encouraging my team and supporting my girls. I want to be seen as a trustworthy and hardworking teammate. Most importantly I want to glorify God whether I have a good or bad race and radiate joy.