|Primary Discipline(s)||Masters Swimming|
|Bucket List Race||FINA Master Worlds in Japan 2022|
|Post-Race Drink||cold brew|
I've been a swimmer my whole life: I was born and raised in Germany where I swam for Germany in a few FINA World Cup finals and missed qualifying for the 2004 Olympics by one spot.
In 2006, I "recruited myself" to the University of Miami (FL) where I swam for 3 years from 2006-2009. In 2010, after grad school, I moved to Atlanta with my soon-to-be-husband, where we reside ever since.
I never truly stopped swimming or being involved in swimming. I coached at Emory University for one season and also coached the masters team before getting back into the pool in time for the 2011 USMS Summer Nationals in Auburn. Since then, I have been competing as often as I can for USMS (Atlanta Water Jocks) or USA Swimming (unattached) with a full-time job and 2 kids (4 and 6) at home. I am also president of the Georgia Local Masters Swimming Committee and running for a Board of Director position at USMS this year.
Professionally, I work for an international recruiting company, helping student-athletes find athletic scholarships for US high schools and colleges. And to no surprise, the main sport I work with is swimming.
As you can most likely read by now, I live and breathe swimming. I love all aspects of the sport, meeting new people, competing against each other, but also building new friendships, having meaningful conversations and being a true advocate for the sport on all levels. Especially during this pandemic, swimming, and in this case, lake swimming (long distances), has shown to be a life saver for me. I have bonded with people at the lake that I only had brief conversations with before, made business decisions (lakes are the equivalents of golf courses I guess) and got some old friends back into swimming, just by being a good example.
All of this is only possible for me with the right nutrition. Being from Germany, I was working with a German nutrition company through college. Since their expansion into the US market never happened, and they don't ship to the US, I had to find a US based company to "get my fuel on". After long years of trial and error, since my stomach, especially during workouts, barely tolerates anything (I swam national level by drinking just plain water), I found Infinit at one of the USMS Nationals Meets and fell in love. I have since then been a very loyal customer since nothing else works for me.