Katharine Ross is the senior swimmer in Mizzou Swimming and Diving Team. She owns the Mizzou 100 breast record in a personal best time of 58.15, and earned one first team and one honorable mention honor at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

“I am a racer, and I love to race,” Ross said.

Ross said nervous excitement makes her swim faster, and when she gets into a race, it is always fun to her. Mental preparation is another factor made Ross’ success, and she said mental side of swimming is critical to the physical side of swimming.

Ross chose Mizzou basically because of the coaches. The fact that the assistant coaches are bond to the program made she want to be a member of this team. Now as a leader of Mizzou Women’s Swimming team, Ross wants to see the impact of her confidence on other team members, and their goal for this year is the top 10 in NCAA. 

As a Psychology and Political Government double major student, Ross spends most of her time out of the pool in academic study. Although she does not spend as much time on study as on swimming, at the end she cares about study just as much.

“My life isn’t like what a normal student’s is,” Ross said.

As being a student athlete, Ross has to give up most of entertainment and focus on training. However, the responsibility Ross has would shape her character and build her personality to be a better person.

“I think this is probably more valuable to me than anything else I could have been doing,” Ross said.