Round Rock High School senior swimmer, Gus Whiteman answered questions with KVUE Sports recently. He reflected on when he started swimming, his supported teammates and we even learned a ritual he participates in during Regional competitions. After graduation, Whiteman will swim for Ohio State University. Check out the interview below.
- When did you start swimming?
I started swimming on a club team at age 11, right around when middle school started, and I joined high school freshman year.
- What is your favorite thing about swimming?
I really enjoy hanging out with my teammates at swim meets and during practice, without them swimming would be a lot less fun.
- What are some other hobbies you besides swimming?
My other hobbies include listening to music, playing video games and running.
- Who has been the biggest influence on you as a swimmer?
I would say that my teammates really have been the biggest influence on me as a swimmer, because without them I wouldn’t be able to finish a hard practice or continue to race even after adding time.
- What is one of your favorite memories on the Round Rock Swimming team?
I think I remember having fun with the team a lot more than any times I’ve gone at meets. For instance it was really fun when we helped out a family during Thanksgiving for a service project, or at all the pasta parties when we goof around with Nerf guns or a Slip-N-Slide or something else.
6. What is your biggest strength as a swimmer?
I’d like to think my biggest strength in swimming is work ethic. I used to sprint entire practices when I was younger because I wanted to move into a faster swim group, but now I focus a little more on technique for sets that aren’t supposed to be fast.
7. Has/Is there a swim meet you are looking forward to the most this season?
Regionals is usually the most fun meet because we get to travel and stay in hotels overnight, but it’s also cool because you get to see all the hard work you and your teammates did pay off.
8. Do you have any pre-game rituals before swim meets?
Every year before Districts the guy’s team shaves each other’s heads. I’ve had a spiral shaved into my head, corn rows, and a YOLO done over my past three years. The next day we go to school with all the crazy designs, and we usually keep them for the meet as well.
9. What will you miss most about swimming at Round Rock?
I’ll probably miss the people the most. I’ll definitely stay in touch but it’ll be weird not seeing my teammates and Coach Arredondo every morning.
10. What are you looking forward to about swimming at Ohio State University?
I’m really looking forward to getting to know a lot of people on the team better, as well as training and competing at the college level. Although I’ll be sad to leave Round Rock, I’m also excited to go to OSU.