Behind the Blocks With Basia Wasilewska
What Led The Poland Native To Begin Swimming Is A Must Read
DENTON - Poland native Basia Wasilewska begins week seven of Behind the Blocks for Mean Green swim and dive. She has high expectations for 2016-17, and loves what the city of Denton has to offer as a college town.
Name: Barbara Wasilewska
Class: Junior – Class of 2018
Event: 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free
Hometown: Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?
A: Almost everything! The people and culture in Denton is much different than my hometown. My hometown is bigger and Denton is like a small college town. I really like the square and the buildings around it.
Q: Who or what got you into the sport?
A: I started my swimming career in 2000. Swimming was good for my health and it made my core muscles stronger. There was no main reason why I started, but I kept swimming because I fell in love with the feeling that I could do everything what I wanted to do. I loved to compete with others because, in the pool, differences between kids in height and weight didn’t matter if you were fast. I was always one of those chubby kids but it didn’t make difference in the water because I knew how to treat the water.
Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?
A: 500 free – theoretically long but for me was always like a sprint! You have to be fast, aggressive, and strong enough to keep the perfect pace.
Q: What event do you hope to never compete in?
A: 200 fly or any IM events… I always rejected any of those events… the fly is my worst nightmare.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
A: I want to be more aggressive in my races and be strong enough to keep the pace through all the race. I’ll focus on my turns as well.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?
A: Swimming while swimmers compete but I love to watch men’s volleyball and men’s handball too because I can see now how team work makes dreams come true.
Q: Who is your team family?
A: Delta Fish!
Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?
A: I love to draw and color everything, but usually I don’t have time to do it.
Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
A: I would trade places with someone who never played any sports daily. I wish I could know how other people who are not into sports live. I am not saying I wish my life could be different because I love my life but I just would like to switch with someone for a month for example. I would like to see if those people have more time for their friends or family and what actually their do in their free time. Sometimes, I wonder if people judge me through my swimming career only or they see my character as well.