Olivia Huffman, The Dunham School, swimmer
Huffman is a sophomore who won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 24 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 58.43 in a Capital City Swim League meet last weekend.
How did you get involved in swimming?
“I danced and I played soccer when I was young. But I did a summer league at CCLA (Country Club of Louisiana) and the coaches there suggested I try to swim year-round. I did and I just fell in love with it. I’ve been swimming year-round for five years.”
What is your favorite event?
My favorite event is probably the 100 backstroke. I love all the freestyle races as well, but I love doing the underwaters and kicking it takes for the backstroke.
What do you think sets high school swimming apart from year-round swimming?
“I think in high school swimming it’s so much fun because I get to compete with the people I go to school with and I get to encourage them when they race.”
How competitive do you think the Capital City Swim League is?
“I think our city meet (Capital City Swim League Championships) is one of the hardest. St. Joseph’s (Academy) has so many good swimmers and they win the (girls) title. But I love competing against all of them (SJA swimmers) and the other teams in the league.”
Your older brother, Matthew Huffman, is a two-way player on the Dunham football team. How do you support each other?
“I always go to his football games on Friday nights, and then on Saturdays he’ll come to the swim meets to support me. We’ve always done that.”
What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about high school swimming?
“People like to joke about it. They think all we do is just float around in the water. They think they could do it. They think anybody could, and they don’t understand swimming actually requires a lot of hard work.”