As the Fergus Falls girls’ swim team readies for the final stanza of the season with the conference championship in Alexandria Oct. 26, single-sport athlete Chloe Schindler, known for her competitive spirit, will be a name to keep an eye on.
Parents: Dan and Mary Beth Schindler.
Plans after graduation: A university (undecided).
Field of study: Neuroscience.
Hobbies: Swimming (just for fun), reading, music, band.
Q: As a student-athlete how have your responsibilities changed from when you were a freshman to now a senior?
A: Definitely learning a lot of leadership and when you’re in ninth grade you’re still sort of new to the sport and you’re still following the upperclassmen, and then you grow and there’s slowly more and more younger kids that you are helping get to know the sport and helping them succeed — so taking on more responsibilities and making sure everyone’s on track.
Q: What do you consider your career highlight to be, either team or individual?
A: Watching relays make it to state multiple years the past couple years has been really fun.
Q: What have you learned from sports?
A: Sports have taught me hard work pays off and the importance of teamwork within your sport and how much a positive attitude affects everything, a positive mindset, how important that is.
Q: With this being your final year on the swim team what do you see for the future of the program?
A: Last year a lot of our really strong seniors graduated, so we’re still in a bit of a rebuilding time right now and I think there’ll still be a little bit more rebuilding next year as well, but we have so many middle-schoolers and younger girls, so the long-term future is very bright for swimming.
Q: What advice do you have for young athletes?
A: Enjoy every moment because it goes by so fast, so work your hardest every day, be kind and have a really good time.