After a successful 2012 season, Glenbrook South swimmer Bailey Moynihan is poised to make an impact during her senior year. Moynihan, whose two brothers also swam at GBS, helped set two new IHSA records in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays at the state meet last year. Moynihan hopes to keep her team in the top 10 at state in November.
“Bailey is a terrific swimmer that constantly puts her team first,” head coach Keith MacDonald said.
Name: Bailey Moynihan
Age/year in school: 17/Senior
Position: Sprint freestyle and backstroke
How long have you participated in swimming? Six years.
What do you love most about swimming?
I love the team aspect of swimming and racing the most. The 15 of us on the varsity team become so close throughout the season because we are together for so many hours a day, that we create a very tight bond. I also love the adrenaline rush I get before a race and after (hopefully, if the results are what I wanted). I love diving in the water and swimming as hard as I can in an effort to beat the girl next to me.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? How will you achieve them?
For the GBS team, my goal is that we place in the top 10 at state. We need to train very hard in practice in order to achieve this and work on some killer relays to score us points at the state meet. Personally, I want to make it to finals, or the top 12, in an individual event at the state meet. This has been a dream of mine for several years and senior year is the year to do it.
How do you motivate yourself to train during the summer?
I swam with Glenview Titan Aquatic Club (GTAC) over the summer and kept myself motivated by looking towards the end of the season meet, which for me was NCSA Junior National Championships in Indianapolis. Summer season can be harder sometimes because not everyone is as motivated as they are during high school season. For me, I was there to have an great end of the season meet and have a good base for high school season so that’s what kept me going.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
Olivia Smoliga [former GBS swimmer] has inspired me most in my swimming career. She has been my teammate for several years and it is just amazing to see someone you know take off in her own swimming career and become a national- and international-level athlete. She works very hard to be at the level she is at but she also manages to stay humble yet confident in her achievements. She is an amazing teammate; she always cheers on the rest of the team through a hard set or a race, she is there for others when they need her, and she is, of course, the fastest swimmer I know.
If you didn’t swim, what would you be doing?
That is such a hard question! I guess I would be more involved in clubs at school, go out with my non-swimmer friends more often, and maybe play another sport like basketball.
What’s the best part about summer in Glenview?
Being close to the beach. Last summer I went to the beach nearly every day, [but] this summer I didn’t have as much time between work and practice. I just can’t get away from the water I guess!
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Gabby Douglas. Other than swimming, gymnastics is my favorite sport to watch. It is just so amazing to me how Gabby Douglas can do what she does. I can’t imagine jumping and flipping on the balance beam as high as she does; she is so graceful. In addition to being an athlete, she comes across as a very sweet and genuine person.
How do you beat the heat during workouts?
Because we swim in a cold pool all year, I rarely get too hot—more often I dread the thought of leaving my warm bed for the cold pool before morning practice!
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“Everything you need is already inside,” and, “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket
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