Behind the Blocks With Courtney Connelly
Senior Swimmer Excited For The Challenge Ahead
DENTON - Senior captain Courtney Connelly starts week three of Behind the Blocks.
Name: Courtney Connelly (CoCo)
Event: 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, and 100 breastroke
Hometown: Cypress, Texas
Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?
A: Although I am from Texas, Denton and Cypress are completely different. We might have humidity in Houston, but nothing compares to the ice, snow, tornados, and flooding in Denton. I’m always cold! But, at least my hair isn’t as frizzy…
Q: Who or what got you into the sport?
A: My mother definitely got me into the sport considering she “placed me into the water”. I think what I remember is being tossed in and almost drowning, but she begs to differ. Coach Holly, Eddie Reese’ daughter, got me into the sport as well. She was my first coach and showed me the love for swimming. She is the coach that instilled the passion that remains in my soul today. I thank my parents for helping me continue to have the passion I do for swimming forever.
Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?
A: Definitely the 100 freestyle, it is short enough to be a good sprint, but long enough to where I can breathe every other stroke and not get yelled at.
Q: What event you hope to never compete in?
A: Oh that is super easy… the 400 I.M. Never in my life would I want to compete in that event. First off, my backstroke is worse than a 3-year-old summer league swimmer. Secondly, I am terrible at any distance after a 100. Lastly, you couldn’t pay me to swim a 100 fly and not be done after that. Just thinking about it makes me want to throw up.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
A: I am mostly looking forward to how the team and coaches embrace the change in the upcoming season. This upcoming season is a fresh start for all of us. I am very excited to see what Coach Roth and our new assistant coach brings to our team, and I am so thankful to be a captain and be able to work with the coaches. I am also looking forward to seeing how our team changes in itself and what the new fish bring to our team culture. Oh… and placing at conference would be awesome too!
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?
A: My favorite sport to watch during the Olympics is the women’s beach volleyball. I love watching Kerri Walsh-Jennings! She is incredibly inspiring as she balances being a mother, athlete and wife. And there is nothing better than watching people who are much more coordinated than I am!
Q: Who is your team family?
A: My team family is the Dysfunctional family! We are hilarious and spontaneous and the legacy left before us is a great big mess! We have embraced the fact we are imperfect and love each other for it! I am happy to be a grandma this year and see who else joins our crazy bunch!
Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?
A: My talent is certainly not hidden especially to my family and close friends! I love to do impersonations, especially voices! I have this one like toddler/baby voice I do almost as often as my regular voice and it tends to make others laugh a lot! I get away with a lot too when I use it!
Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
A: I think if you asked me this question a couple years ago I would have had a different answer. Right now I cannot think of anyone else I would want to trade places with. I love the life I live and the people in it. Ultimately, I am blessed to live the life I do. I have the most loving support system one could have, I get to go to a school where I have succeeded both in an out of the pool, and I am happy. I do not think there is anything else I could ask for.
Q: As a senior, what will you miss most about the team?
A: I am not sure if I could sum up what I will miss most about this team after almost four years of being on such a close knit team. I think what I will miss most are the days, especially Saturday practices, where we felt dead before the main set and yet we all came together and succeeded by putting down great times and finishing the set. Nothing feels better than looking at a group of girls who are red in the face and realizing that we just accomplished something we did not think we could do… together. The smile on coach’s face and high-fives are also a bonus. I will miss the way we can overcome adversity and still remain a strong unit.