Maylei Ruggles Goes to State Swim


Lennon Eekhoff, Reporter

Q and A with Maylei Ruggles

Q: How did you react when you found out that you made it to state?

A: I mean it’s my fourth time making it to state, so it didn’t really surprise me.I am so excited to be able to go for the fourth year in a row. It’s an honor and a privilege that only the top thirty get to go in each event.

Q: Did part of you know that you would make it to state after you made it three years previous?

A: I was supposed to go for all of the relays, but my coach and I had a dispute. I told her that I fell out of the sport, and she cut me out of all my relays except for one.

Q: How do you feel you performed at state?

A: I was .1 off of my goal time. I mean my time was probably enough to have swam as an individual, but I just didn’t. I caught up a lot on my leg of the race, so that was nice.

Q: Are you satisfied with your high school swimming career?

A: Sure. I mean, I was until this year. After nine years, you either just want to continue through college, or break off of it, and high school is the make or break time, especially with coaches. This year was mentally hard for me, so I decided that this will be my last year.

Q: Is there anything you felt you could have done better on at any point in these four years?

A: No. I think it’s one of those questions where you can look back and say I could have done this, this and this differently, but in reality, in the moment you’re not going to do anything differently.

Q: What are you most proud of in your high school swimming career?

A: I made two records. I’m just going to leave it at that. Yeah, I helped break two records for relays.