UR Swimming and Diving competed in the UAA Championships last week at the Webster Aquatic Center. Although the men’s and women’s teams finished seventh and sixth overall, junior Jennifer Enos set a record in the 1,650 freestyle. She placed ninth overall for the event and posted a time of 17:38.64, breaking her own school record set in 2013 of 17:40.65.
When did you first learn how to swim, and what was the experience like?
I did parent-infant swim classes when I was a baby, so I don’t quite remember the experience, but I’m told that I loved being in the water. I made it through all the kiddie classes, which led to competitive swimming when I was about six. I still love the water and continue to swim with my club team on breaks, and do open water mile swims at the Jersey Shore.
What do you do to train, and what else do you feel allows you to be the best swimmer at a meet?
I do a lot of freestyle yardage during practices, and cardio and dryland training also help with my endurance. At meets, it helps to have my coaches on deck and on the bulkhead during the mile. I can often catch a glimpse of them, and when Kevin (the distance coach) is excited and jumping up and down on the side of the pool, I have a better sense that I’m swimming a good race. My coaches can also signal me to pick up my speed, kick harder, or let me know that my pace is on target.
How do your teammates help motivate you before and during a meet?
I’m motivated by the possibility of scoring points for the team. It’s also very encouraging when they’re at poolside to cheer during a long race.
Is there any athlete you look up to that you strive to be like when you’re swimming?
I really enjoy watching Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and Connor Jaeger swim!
What does it feel like to own your own swimming record?
I wasn’t paying attention to the record. I was really just hoping for a personal best time.
If it was lunchtime and you had a choice, would you choose a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich or Lunchables?