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Player Profile: Isabel Mohammadi-Hall

Heather Jacobson, Reporter

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Isabel is a senior at Pres who has proven to be an exceptional member of the swim team here. She has participated in swimming at Pres for four years now, and her main event is the 100 yard backstroke.

 

The Voice: What or who inspired you to start swimming?
IM: I started swimming when I moved to California, in third grade. I have always loved the water and so my mom thought I should try out for the swim team at the JCC in Los Gatos I realized how much I enjoyed it, and switched to a more competitive team, Swim South Bay, a couple years later and have been on that team ever since.

The Voice: Has this always been a passion of yours?
IM: Swimming has always been a passion of mine, as well as the water. I am scuba certified, and love the ocean as well.

 

The Voice: When did you know you wanted to pursue swimming in college?
IM: Ever since I switched to my club Swim South Bay, even at a younger age, I have had the thought of swimming in college in the back of my mind. But sophomore year was when I knew for sure that I wanted to pursue this passion of mine into the collegiate level.

The Voice: Was there any point in your life where you wanted to quit and/or try a different sport?
IM: There hasn’t been a specific moment when I wanted to quit, but there are always tough practices, or bad swim meets where my motivation alters. I always just remind myself that I chose to be on the team, and I am not always going to be perfect. I love swimming, and that is ultimately why I have pursued it for so long.

The Voice: What is your favorite part about swimming?
IM: I would say my favorite part of swimming is the team aspect. Yes, swimming is an individual sport, but cheering on my teammates and laughing and being goofy around my teammates is the most fun for me. I am very sad to be leaving my club team this year, as well as the girls on the Pres swim team. But, I am super excited to start on a college team and build new strong relationships with my teammates.

 

The Voice: What obstacles, if any, have you had to overcome to be where you are today?
IM: I haven’t had any major injuries, but there is always the mental obstacles that I am sure every athlete has to face. The struggle is really present when I have to wake up at 4:50 for morning practice, or committing to attending 9 practices a week. but, I always do it and push through the tiredness and negativity because in the end, i love the rush of being in the water and training hard.

The Voice: How do you think being on a college level competition team will affect or change your experience?
IM: I have been on the same team for many years, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. But, I think it will be interesting to see how I improve on a new team overall, with a new training, coaching, and practice times. Also, I am going to Bates College in Maine, which has an indoor pool which will be very strange because I am used to swimming in the sun at the Pres pool.

 

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