Behind The Blocks With Haley Timmons
Freshman's Brother Reason She Began Swimming
Name: Haley Timmons
Event: 200 Fly, 100 Fly, 400 IM
DENTON - Mean Green swimming freshman Haley Timmons is the subject of this week's Behind the Blocks. She has a unique talent and her family has had a major impact on her swimming career. Find out more in today's installment of the series.
Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?
A: First off, the weather. I knew Texas had some crazy weather, but Denton makes Austin weather seem tame! Not every day you get drenched while getting a sunburn. But secondly, the people here are very friendly. I've never met so many people so nice to a stranger before! It also has much more of a "small town" feel. I've gotten to know quite a few of the people who work here and really love the familiarity as I go through my daily schedule.
Q: Who or what got you into the sport?
A: I actually got into swimming because of my brother. I idolized him so much when I was younger. We had been taking swim lessons, and the coach of the swim team there said my brother would make a good swimmer, so he went ahead and joined, and I followed him. After that I fell in love and stuck with it.
Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?
A: The 200 fly of course. The longer the better. If there were a 400 fly that would, so be my thing. When you get down to that last 50, and everything falls into place, your rhythm's perfect, your limbs start tingling, and you're practically literally flying across the water, it's the best feeling in the world.
Q: What event do you hope to never compete in?
A: None of them? I mean, I love to swim, and I'm always swimming fly, so it's really cool to do the other events. No pressure, you know? Now the 50 free may not be my best event, and I personally prefer the longer events, but it's still fun to do.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
A: I'm really looking forward to really learning what it means to be "Mean Green" and just see what I can do to help out the team and school. I look forward to seeing how I can not only improve myself, but help the team improve and overall just really settle in as a member of the Mean Green.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?
A: Don't get me wrong, swimming is amazing, but admittedly, I really like watching women's gymnastics. Watching those girls go out and do those amazing routines, it really inspires me to go out and do my best, just thinking of what it took them to get there, especially with how taxing some of those routines can be on the body.
Q: Who is your team family?
A: Eagle Dynasty
Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?
A: I'm pretty good at writing. I'm currently writing a novel. I've hit 18,000 words and still writing.
Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
A: I would have to say my mother. She is so smart and sees so much more than what is in front of her. She is always able to see the good in what's around her and helps me count my blessings when I become blind to them. She has so many ideas, and she has such a positive outlook on life, I just hope I can grow up to be like that.
Q: What is different about swimming or diving in college than in high school?
A: There's a lot that's different. I feel like my swimming makes a difference, and like my team needs me. I've been taught the true meaning of team. I thought before that I knew what a team was, but that was before I got here, and learned that it was so much more than I'd thought. From the way us girls band together on a tough set or cheer our heads off as one of us is racing head to head for a title, to laughing at little get-togethers at the girls' apartments. It feels as though we're more than a group of girls swimming for the University of North Texas. It feels like we're a group of sisters who have fun but work hard and always have each other's backs. I never felt that in high school.