Q-and-A with Caroline Kelly, Plainfield Co-op
September 16, 2012 9:40PM
Caroline Kelly, of Plainfield North. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:05AM
Kelly, a junior, finished 41st at state last season in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Nine swimmers advanced to state in your sectional race last year. Cool swimming in such a fast race?
I knew most of my competitors going in, and I’d seen them swim at different points throughout the season. I knew what I was going to have to do to be able to qualify and keep up.
Is it tough swimming as a co-op instead of one school?
It’s really tough because the sport doesn’t get a lot of recognition at our schools. A lot of people don’t even realize we have a team because it is all the schools put together.
Describe the state meet.
It’s the most nerve-racking meet I’ve ever been to in my entire life. It’s crazy. I listen to music, get away, and I just find a quiet spot and sit.
Goals for this season?
Individually I’d like to return to state in the 100-yard breaststroke. I’d also like my team to qualify in the 200-yard medley relay this year.
Having competed at state, is it easier to train knowing where you want to end up?
Yes and no. I wasn’t happy with my performance last year so it was good motivation to do even better. I worked a lot harder so I can place higher at state.
You’re on a deserted island and can never run out of one food. What do you pick?
Bread is my favorite food out of everything. I love carbs.
Ever been told you look like someone famous?
At practice, one of the girls said I look like Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin. I took that as an honor.
Who is your celebrity prom date?
Probably Johnny Depp. He’s a pretty cool actor.
As told to Tim O’Brien