Behind The Blocks With Sarah Vaisse
Get To Know The France Native And Why She Loves Denton
Name: Sarah Vaisse
Event: 100 Breast, 200 IM, 50 & 100 Free.
Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?
A: First of all, I lived in France. Everything differs from there. I also, never actually lived in Montesquieu-Lauragais with my dad because I was in boarding schools all over France since I was 13 years old. Second difference is the food. I prefer France for that, for sure. Third difference is the people. I love the people in Denton. Since my first step in the USA, people have been so kind to me. Always here to help with anything. I couldn't see myself being happier anywhere else. I have a team and staff that believe in me and push me to shine. It’s amazing how much I fell support and loved. The language is also different, so I had to adjust to that as well.
Q: Who or what got you into the sport?
A: My dad. He was a swimmer when he was younger and thought that it was necessary for me to know the "basics" in the water. I got the hang of it and never quit. He was and still is my biggest inspiration. It’s funny because, when we talk about it, we never thought that I would go that far and that swimming would give me that much.
I had a very hard time after the 2013 World Championships and I was willing to quit swimming but two people were really here to keep my eyes open on my capabilities to do better and be better: my dad, of course, my biggest fan but also one of my teammate and French swimmer Melanie Henique who truly believed in me and push me to keep swimming, which I am truly thankful.
Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?
A: Okay this is a tricky question for me to answer. First of all, I HATE losing, so I eliminate all the events that I will not be at the top (or that I think I will not). The 100 breast is my Favorite event just because I think I am good at it. I also love the feeling of gliding in the water. I had a very hard time with this event after the 2013 World Championship where I had a bad performance, and it mentally broke me down. Since I am here, I improved that event every time, which gives me more confidence. The 200 IM is awesome as well. I cannot really describe why I really love it. It is just because it’s a "funny" event where I don’t feel pressured while swimming. Free sprint is "powerful" and I also made huge improvement in these events (50 & 100).
To add more honestly in that, swimming last summer with Brittany and see how much I improved during practices made me confident about this upcoming season. I cannot wait to swim my Favorites events but also those who can be ALSO my future favorite events.
Q: What event do you hope to never compete in?
I see where you are going!
It sounds weird to me for saying that but there is not one event that I hope NEVER compete in. I would rather not swim long distance free just because I don’t think it would be beneficial to me in my first events. I also would like not to swim the 200 fly just because I don’t think that I could finish it. However, if the coach and/or the assistant coach think that me swimming those events will be beneficial and discusses that with me, I don’t see any reason not to do it. I am here to swim and to improve. That is all that matters.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
A: It will probably sounds selfish to say, but I want to be take first in Conference in the 100 breast, 200 IM and the relays. Why not surprise myself at Nationals as well by maybe a qualifying for a semi-final or a final, and build on that to reach the NCAA meet.
Out of the pool, I would like everybody to sit on my bus or have them connect with each other by being on the same road; because if they do, we might go far and WIN Conference. It would be AWESOME! I want everybody to be pumped up for this season because we have a real chance to do extraordinary things.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?
A: I love swimming, of course, just because by watching them you learn a lot. I surprisingly prefer watching the guys compete. Their times pump me up so much and push me to do better. Relays put me in that trance where I am literally feeling myself swimming with them through the TV. I am so into it!
I love watching gymnastic just because you have to be excellent in every event!
Track is one of my favorite, the speed that they generate is unbelievable. Favorite event, the 100. They push themselves to the limits and also "die" at the end of the race after giving everything they had, I love it!
Q: Who is your team family?
Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?
A: Everybody knows that I am the best dancer on the team. Seriously, I found myself pretty good at dancing and singing. I love doing any kind of art as well.
This summer I tried surfing and wakeboarding and didn’t take me long to get it. I honestly think that if I like something very much, I can become talented at it. Proof, my English. I surprise myself writing those "huge" paragraphs with a more or less a "proper" language.
Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
Nobody, I truly love the person that I am, that I am becoming every day. My life has been challenging and amazing, and continues to be. I came across difficulties but have always been able to overcome them. I am one of the luckiest people that I know. I started with nothing except people that broke me down and told me that I was nothing. Believe me, I showed them who I was and who I am. I will, for nothing in this world, trade myself with one person.