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Chloe Isleta is ready to soak up that Arizona sun.

Chloe Isleta is ready to soak up that Arizona sun.

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Chloe Isleta is ready to soak up that Arizona sun.

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Fall is upon us and the summer heat is gone. But the cold weather can’t keep senior Chloe Isleta from making a splash in the swimming world. Isleta, who is an Olympic Trials qualifier, has verbally committed to Arizona State University. The Voice caught up with Isleta to ask a few questions about her swimming experiences.

 

The Voice: How did you first start swimming?

Chloe Isleta: I started to take swim lessons at the age of three because my mom believed that it would be dangerous if I didn’t learn how to swim. And when I was six years old, I joined a club team. At the time, I didn’t know for sure if I loved the sport or not, but I know that I joined because I wanted to copy my sister [Czsarina Isleta ‘13] and become a swimmer too.

 

The Voice: What is your favorite event and why?

CI: My favorite event is the 400 IM because I love to do all the strokes in one event. It seems easier for me than other events because it allows the swimmers to change strokes. I wish that we had the 400 IM in high school swimming because I would definitely like to swim that at CCS or WCALs.

 

The Voice: What is your favorite thing about the sport?

CI: My favorite thing about swimming is that whenever I have a stressful day, swimming allows me to just clear my mind.

 

The Voice: How do you balance school with your training schedule?

CI: I try not to procrastinate on my assignments and now that I have a free period, it helps a lot for me to be able to manage my homework load. As much as I would like to sleep during my free period, I try to get my homework done so that I am able to just sleep when I get home.

 

The Voice: How has swimming shaped the person you are today?

CI: Swimming has made realize how thankful I am for becoming a swimmer because it has helped me meet new people that shaped the person I am today. The people on my swim team help me feel more confident in myself, and made me realize that swimming is not just an individual sport; it’s also a team sport that requires support, dedication, and hard work.

 

The Voice: How did you decide that you wanted to continue swimming in college?

CI: I knew since I was eight years old that I still wanted to continue to swim in college because swimming has been a part of my life for many years and I absolutely love it!

 

The Voice: What other colleges did you look at and what made you choose ASU?

CI: I looked at University of Arizona, Cal Berkeley, Texas A&M, ASU, and UCLA. I chose ASU because I felt like I fit academically and they have an amazing coaching staff! Also when I took my college visit to ASU, the campus was absolutely beautiful and everyone on the swim team so funny, close, and unique. At the end of my trip, I knew that I wanted to attend ASU and that it was definitely the college for me.

 

The Voice: What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming years?

CI: I honestly can’t wait to find out what classes will interest me at ASU because I have no idea what I am going to major in right now. I am also excited to swim for the coaches at ASU because I would be training with Olympic coaches! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me when I head off to college.

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