Willowbrook junior Kelly McNamara represented the Addison Trail/Willowbrook co-op at the state swim meet last weekend. McNamara, who has been swimming since she was six years old, was second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.11 seconds. She made her third appearance at state and improved on finishing sixth last year. McNamara, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Dan Santaromita about taking a medal home from the state meet.
What was your reaction when you touched the wall in second place?
During prelims I was seeded second so it was kind of nice to see that I stayed where I was.
Were you surprised when you were second in the prelims?
I didn’t expect it. I was really excited when I saw it on the board.
What was your expectation heading into state?
Last year I got sixth so I just wanted to do better than that.
What’s it like to swim at state in that wild atmosphere?
It’s so crazy, especially at finals. It’s different than any other meet I’ve been to.
The girl who finished ahead of you was a senior. Is it your goal to win next year?
I haven’t really thought about it, but it would be nice to win.
Are you still working out or do you now have some off time?
I’ve gotten the past couple days off, but I’m starting again. It’s nice to eat what you want and sleep in.
Is it tough to maintain the dedicated workout schedule?
It’s hard. We have morning practices and practices after school. It’s a long season.