Eliza Anderson

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Eliza Anderson

Swimming her way to the top of the class

Swimming her way to the top of the class

Swimming her way to the top of the class

Swimming her way to the top of the class

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Ever since her parents enrolled her in lessons as a small child, sophomore Eliza Anderson has loved and excelled at swimming. Anderson was only nine years old when her swimming instructor suggested she try out for a club swim team. She tried out for the Lawrence Aquahawks, made the team and has been swimming for them ever since.

“I really liked swimming, so I thought ‘why not?’” Anderson said. “…I just haven’t stopped, basically.”

Anderson practices six days a week all year round. Twice a week, she has “two-a-days”, which means she has a practice from 5:30-6:30 before school and 3:30-5:30 after school. She gets up at 4:30 am on those days.

Recently, Anderson’s hard work was rewarded when her leg in the 200 meter freestyle relay race helped break a school record. With a split of 24.87 seconds, the performance was only one second off of Kansas’s state record. Anderson attributes the speed of the record-setting race to the energy her teammates and her built up before the meet.

“That was a second faster than I’ve ever gone,” Anderson said.  “That just came with the energy and excitement of it all, I think.”

Anderson aspires to swim in college, ideally at a Division I level.

In addition to swimming, Anderson plays the trombone in band and jazz band, and is an active member of the Renaissance Committee.

In the future, Anderson hopes to go into a pharmaceutical career, which would be chemistry and physics intensive.

“I like math and science a lot,” Anderson said.  “It’s weird, but I do.”

Adding  big dreams to current successes, Anderson’s future looks bright.

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