Golden Knight Spotlight is a student-athlete profile series run by Alexander Lawrence ’18 in coordination with Golden Knights Athletics staff.
Sport: Swimming (Distance swimmer)
Hometown: Andover, MA
Class Year: 2016
Major: Childhood and Special Education (Concentration in Social Studies)
Favorite study spot: My bed
Favorite food: Steamed carrots
Most memorable moment or game: “Last year at the NE-10 championships. My sophomore year when I made the finals for the mile. It was great seeing my coaches and teammates cheer for me. It was an emotional night. I was ecstatic and felt honored representing my team.”
What set SR apart from other schools: “The people here and the atmosphere set Saint Rose apart from other schools. It was a very kind, personal, welcoming, and positive vibe.”
Why SR Swimming: “When I came for my overnight recruiting visit, I got to meet the coaches and I really liked what they had to say. Coach Keith Murray is like a second dad to everyone on the team. I came to a meet they weren’t expected to win and they ended up winning. It was a really exciting meet. It was an adrenaline type of feeling. I didn’t even know anyone really and I was already cheering for them. I loved the team.
How’d you got involved: “I started swimming when I was five. I started because my older sister Allie swam. I was one of four siblings so we all kind of had to go everywhere together. We went to one of my sisters swimming practices and my mom threw me into a pool.”
My Comments/ takeaway from the interview: Sam is a very fierce competitor and loves doing well when it comes to swimming. She’s not only a student-athlete, but has taken on the task of being a resident assistant. Sam has put a lot on her plate, but her teammates have been there every step of the way to help her out. “My teammates challenge me to be myself and work harder. I usually swim in the boy’s lane because I want to get better for myself and my teammates. When I’m out of the pool my teammates do a good job keeping me calm and normal. No sport is worth doing without good teammates. Teammates are a key factor” Hall said how her teammates have impacted her in and out of the pool. Sam has been a motivator and does everything possible to help her teammates out. “We are making great strides and improving as a team. This year we had one of the best seasons for women’s swimming ever at Saint Rose. I’m really excited to see how myself and the other seniors are going to do next season” Hall had to say on the state of the team. During my interview with Sam I felt the competitive drive she had for swimming. Sam is also a very fun and caring person. You can find her dancing on the pool deck when practicing or before she’s about to compete to get the nerves out before swimming.
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