Now that the FINA World Championships are over and our National Team is getting ready for the Pan American Games I need to get something off my chest. Ever since I retired after the 2016 Rio Olympics every time I watch a synchro competition I’m reeeeeally feeling the FOMO, except it’s not just the fear of missing out, it’s actually missing out!Read More
Mary Killman and I competed together at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. We grew up competing at rival clubs (Santa Clara and Walnut Creek) and first swam together on the 2008 Junior National Team. After the 2012 Olympics Mary went on to swim in college at Lindenwood University.Read More
Alla Shishkina is a 2-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, 5-time European champion from Russia. She is currently training on the Russian National Team in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Alla and I competed against each other at several World Championships. At the London and Rio Olympics we competed in different events - me in the duet and Alla in the team.Read More
Andrea Fuentes is a 4-time Olympic medalist, 16-time World Championship medalist and 16-time European Championship medalist from Spain. She is now the head coach of the U.S. Senior National Team. Andrea and I competed against each other at the London 2012 Olympic Games (but let’s be honest, she is in a whole different category of greatness). Her story is so inspiring and shows that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish things that you never thought possible.Read More
When you do a sport for 10+ years, it becomes a part of your identity. For 17 years of my life, I was a synchronized swimmer. And suddenly, the day after we finished competing in Rio in 2016, I wasn’t.
A lot of people struggle to find themselves after they retire from competitive sports, and I am no exception. I knew that Rio would be my last Olympics and that I would retire afterwards, but I still had a hard time redefining my identity now that I wasn’t an elite athlete anymore. When used to sit next to someone on the plane and they would ask “What do you do?” I would say that I am a synchronized swimmer training full time. As of September 2016, I had no idea what to say!Read More