She holds so many records, she barely notices it anymore.
After the Long Course Provincial Championships in Victoria, Kelsey Chapman, from the Barracuda swim club, holds four club records.
“I usually get one (record) every meet,” said Chapman. “So I don’t really pay that much attention anymore.”
In her eighth year taking her mark, Chapman used to swim with the Dolphins and Bluebacks in Vancouver. After moving to Prince George she joined the Barracudas and has been securing top times ever since.
“I placed second overall for my age group in almost all of my races in Victoria,” said the 15-year-old. “But my top three picks would be the 400 IM (individual medley), the 200 IM and the 200 backstroke.”
And her least favourite stroke? “That would definitely be fly,” she said. “Too much effort.”
Chapman and the Barracuda swim club train almost year round. “Even though it’s called a winter club,” said Chapman. “I think we get about a 20-day break in August.”
Club members hit the pool at six in the morning for an hour with afternoon sessions consisting of dryland training. “Some days we train twice a day in the pool,” said Chapman. “You get to know the water pretty well.”
Sounds like socializing is out of the question, but this swimmer prides herself on planning her schedule well. On top of swimming she plays volleyball, soccer and rides horses, but Chapman maintains that swimming is her main focus.
“I take it seriously,” she said. “Honestly, it’s not really for fun anymore.”
Chapman’s no-nonsense mentality in the pool is needed if the swimmer wants to fulfill her ultimate goal of making the Olympics. “Gosh yes it’s a definite goal,” she said. “I watch Olympic time trials on TV.”
With Nationals coming up August 5th in Winnipeg, the club record holder hopes to secure a senior nationals time in order to qualify for the next Olympic time trials.
“The competition is going to be tough,” she said. “But B.C. is one of the top provinces for swimmers so it shouldn’t be too much harder than provincials.”
And if Chapman continues to shave seconds every meet, for the 2008 Summer Olympics she may very well be hearing “swimmer’s take your mark” from the starting block instead of her living room couch.