Thunder Mountain senior swimmer and girls team captain Anna Bullock talks about her passion for swimming, her enthusiasm for science and writing and her expectations for the girls team this year.
What inspired you to try swimming in the first place?
"I started swimming when I was six-years old in the Glacier Swim Club here and it was just one of those activities that was good for me to do and my mom wanted me to do it. My mom and dad signed me up for swim lessons since I could walk. It's a good activity that's really healthy. It makes you strong both mentally and physically and I don't know where I would be without it today. It's really strict and you have to be really disciplined to stick with it for so long. It helps me a lot in all the areas in my life."
"I think my favorite part is getting to travel a lot and getting to compete because when you're competing there's so much pressure and so much going through your mind. You have to concentrate so hard on, 'This is about me, this is what I'm doing and the only person that can effect what I do is me,' and I think there's not very many things in the world today that are like that."
"It is very time consuming. It's all year long, twice a day, three times a week and then we have nine practices a week - just for high school and that's more than any other sport I think. It wears you out a lot. You get sick all the time because you're just so worn down from it."
Any other favorite sports/hobbies outside of swimming?
"I'm a softball player and I really like science. I'm going to study conservation biology in college or at least that's what I'm planning on. I really like writing too. I write all the time."
Plans after high school?
"I'm looking at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, I really like it there. I'm also looking at Pacific Lutheran University and that's in Tacoma, Washington."
"I know it's cliché or whatever but Michael Phelps I think. He's really determined in every area. He has to try so hard especially with so much pressure on him. I also like Jason Lezak, he was in the relay in the Olympics that they won against Australia and he's a little bit older. I met him when I was younger at an Olympic invite for the Glacier Swim club and he was really cool. He talked about how much strength you get out of swimming both mentally and physically and what a big role it's played in his life. I felt like he was a pretty cool guy to look up to."
Expectations for Thunder Mountain swim team this year?
"This year I expect them to do pretty good a regions. There's really no knowing. We have a girl out sick right now with a lot of back problems. It's hard to perform at such a high level when you have so many other medical problems. I know that we only have four swimmers but I just don't know where we're going to be. I don't know how many girls are going to regions. So, I guess we're just going to have to see."