Imani Torres Watertown Senior Freestyle

Watertown High School swim team captain Imani Torres enjoys the peacefulness and freedom of swimming. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Q: What made you fall in love with your sport?

A: “I just love how peaceful and quiet the water is. I love the free movement of it.”

Q: What’s your favorite moment as an athlete in your sport?

A: “When I see younger swimmers succeed. I love mentoring the newer swimmers that come through the program. I love seeing them win and they come up to you say, ‘thank you for helping me.’ It’s so thrilling.”

Q: What is your favorite sports moment as a fan?

A: “Seeing how hard someone works in any sport and seeing that push that makes them succeed.”

Q: What athlete do you look up to the most?

A: “It’s (U.S. Olympic gold medalist) Missy Franklin who got me interested in swimming. My mom was the one that showed me her doing the backstroke and I wanted to do what she did.”

Q: Best advice you’ve received from a coach, mentor or teammate in that sport?

A: “My future college coach Michael Smiechowski at Alfred State said it doesn’t matter if you finish first or last, as long you do your best to meet your personal goals.”

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