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Meet the Athlete: Haley Simon

Haley Simon of the Albert Lea girls’ swimming team stands on the upper deck at the high school pool Monday before practice. Last season, Simon qualified for the Class A state meet in three events: the 100-yard freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relays. — Micah BaderAlbert Lea Tribune

Haley Simon of the Albert Lea girls’ swimming team stands on the upper deck at the high school pool Monday before practice. Last season, Simon qualified for the Class A state meet in three events: the 100-yard freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relays. — Micah BaderAlbert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea swimmer hopes to qualify for state in all 4 events

Q: What grade are you in?

A: 12th.

 

Q: What town do you live in, and which school do you attend?

A: I live in Albert Lea and go to Albert Lea High School.

 

Q: Who is your immediate family?

A: My mom, Andrea; dad, Tom; sister, Lexie; and brother, Carter Simon.

 

Q: Which sports do you play?

A: I’m in swimming and golf.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of being on the swimming team?

A: The people on the team. I’ve made my best friends
through swim.

 

Q: What has swimming taught you?

A: It’s taught me to work hard for what you want.

 

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory?

A: Getting third (as a team) at the state swimming meet last year.

 

Q: Which game are you looking forward to most this year?

A: Sections. I want to make it to state in all my events this year. Freshman year I made it in one event; sophomore year, two; and junior year, three. This year, I want to make it all four.

 

Q: How did you get started in swimming?

A: Bailey Sandon talked to me about it in fifth grade.

 

Q: What are your sports-related achievements? 

A: I was (Big Nine) All-Conference sophomore and junior year.

 

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete? Why?

A: Missy Franklin. I follow her on Twitter. She’s a backstroker and 200 freestyler. (Franklin is a four-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. swimming team.)

 

Q: What are your college plans? Major?

A: I want to go to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and major in biology.

 

Q: What is your dream job?

A: I want to be a dermatologist.

 

Q: What is your favorite school subject? 

A: Math. I’m taking calculus right now. I love it.

 

Q: Who is your favorite teacher? 

A: Wendy Keszler. She teaches physics and chemistry.

 

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: Shopping, hanging out with friends and my family.

 

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

 

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I broke my toe when I was little because I fell out of a treehouse.