Updated: May 19
Madeline O’Neill is a 10-year-old swimmer that swims at Sigma Swim's Fort Worth Central TWU location under Coach Bekah and Wendy. She attends Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth.
Q: How and when did you decide that you wanted to be a swimmer?
A: I decided I wanted to be a swimmer about 2 years ago. The reason I decided to swim, is because I swam at my country club and that was not enough for me.
Q: Are there any swimmers that inspire you the most and why?
A: Katie Ledecky inspires me because she is so fast and won gold medals in the Olympics at such a young age.
Q: How do you manage school and every day practice?
A: Every Sunday we find the three days I can swim that week. If I’m busy I swim one or two days.
Q: What do you tell your friends when they tell you that swimming is not a real sport?
A: Mostly they do not. But if they did, I would tell them that it is, and no matter what they say I will always be a swimmer.
Q: Who pushes you to perform your best?
A: My mom, dad, and coaches are probably the ones that do. They always tell me to try hard and do my best.
Q: What is your favorite stroke and why?
A: My favorite stroke is breaststroke. I like it so much because you never get out of breath easily and can go for long distances.
Q: How many hours a week do you practice per week?
A: I practice two-three days a week for an hour and a half.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not swimming?
A: When I am not swimming I like softball, tennis, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Q: How do you deal with a bad race at a swim meet?
A: If I had a bad race in a swim meet I would be a little sad but that encourages me to try harder next time.
Q: Do you have any goals for the future in swimming?
A: My goals in the future are being a college swimmer, and if possible going to the Olympics.