University of North Carolina swimming signee Katie Rechsteiner answered questions via email.
Middletown resident Katie Rechsteiner is a two-time high school state champion in the 100 breaststroke and has already figured out her college plans – to swim for Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse North Carolina.
Still, the Charter School of Wilmington star is pushing herself through the winter season like someone with something to prove. That’s something to improve, actually. Rechsteiner missed the 100 breaststroke state record by .16 of a second and is pushing herself to leave Delaware on top.
Once at North Carolina, she plans to study biomedical engineering or chemistry. When taking her official college visit to Chapel Hill, she was impressed with the support and resources available to athletes. The program produced swimmers with steadily dropping times in the breaststroke, Rechsteiner’s projected main stroke at UNC.
“I really liked the campus, the coaches and the team,” she said.
Q: How do you get through a grueling workout when you just don't feel like being in the water?
A: I try to keep a positive attitude and think about my goals for the end of the season. It's motivating to think that giving everything I can at practice even when I'm not in the mood will make me that much stronger at big meets.
Q: Why do swim teams always seem to be so close and supportive of each other?
A: Swimming is a tough sport in that it's physically and mentally exhausting. Swimmers have to be very disciplined because they have to motivate themselves and push themselves during practice while they are staring at the bottom of the pool. Swim teams are always so close because a family atmosphere makes the practices fun and tolerable. It's also reassuring to know that other people are going through the same thing you are.
Q: What was your most memorable moment during your college visits?
A: When I visited Penn State, I got to go on the football field before the game started. It was a white out game, and nearly 110,000 people were there to watch! It was so neat to be able to see the fans and players.
Q: When and where did you start swimming competitively? What did you think?
A: I started swimming when I was 7 for Riptide Aquatics, and I practiced at St. Andrew's. I always thought that it was really fun because I was able to hang out with my friends. I became more competitive when I joined Team Delaware in 7th grade.
Q: You were a lifeguard at the Silver Lake Pool over the summer. What do you kids do most to make you blow your whistle?
A: Definitely the kids that constantly ran around the pool deck all day, every day.
NAME: Katie Rechsteiner
TEAM: Charter School of Wilmington swimming
A CLOSER LOOK: A standout student-athlete, Rechsteiner visited Northwestern, Penn State and Clemson before choosing the University of North Carolina to continue her academic and athletic career.