Anson Swimming To Success

Grayson Williams, Sports Writer •

Many people learn to swim for safety or leisure, for sophomore Olivia Anson, racing through the water is just one of her many hobbies. Anson, who has been in a pool since the age of four, claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Women’s Swimmer of the Week honor last week. She currently holds three of Emory & Henry College’s women’s freestyle top times for the 2017-2018 season.

“It’s been so cool, I didn’t even see it coming,” said Anson about becoming the ODAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week. A coach informed her before the meet that if she won all three events that she would have a shot at the honor. Anson seized the opportunity and won the 50, 100, and 200-meter freestyles. When discussing the impact of the award she said, “I’ve had so much support from everyone.”

Anson’s journey to E&H began in Apex, North Carolina, where she’s from, after she quit the swim team her senior year of high school to focus on her academics. “One of my friends was on the [E&H] swim team and I really wanted to swim in college,” said Anson. After getting into contact with the wasps swim coach she made the decision to come to E&H.

“Time management and being able to juggle all of it” is the biggest struggle Anson claims to have. “Swimming is in the fall so that’s when I struggle with my grades the most,” said the biology major.

The Alpha Beta Chi sorority member also finds time to play guitar and piano. Anson said, “Oh and I sing with my brother sometimes.” She continues, “I also like to run. I’m doing track now.” Time management is an understatement for Anson.

Anson hopes to continue her success in the pool Feb. 09 when the Wasps travel to the ODAC Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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