We were excited to catch up with CFS student and UT swimmer, Alexis Yager to learn about her experience at the 2021 Olympic Trials and what it’s been like to be a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee.
Tell us about your experience at the Olympic trials. What was it like? What events did you swim?
The U.S. Olympic Trials is unlike any meet I’ve ever been to. You are racing the fastest swimmers in the country, and even some of the fastest in the world! This pool is built in the middle of an arena, which makes it a unique atmosphere for a swim meet. There are big lights and screens all over the pool… it is so cool! It is also so fun to have thousands of spectators watching in the stands. Olympic Trials is an experience I’ll never forget. One of the most exciting parts of the meet is watching athletes make the Olympic team! I swam the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Breast, and 100 Breast. Representing the University at such a high level is always so special.
What has it been like being a student-athlete at UT?
Being a student-athlete at UT has been an amazing experience. I am able to train and compete in the best facilities in the world while having many opportunities to excel in the classroom! The Athletic Department and all CFS faculty and staff have helped me succeed as a student-athlete.
Do you have any advice for soon-to-be collegiate athletes?
Take advantage of all the opportunities and resources given to you! Representing a UT in athletics while earning a degree is an honor. It can be challenging to balance school and athletics. Getting in a routine early on is so important!
What are your plans for after college?
Although I did complete my undergraduate degree in the PreK-3rd grade teacher licensure track, I am pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship for this upcoming school year. I will also be continuing my athletic career by taking a fifth year that was given to all Fall and Winter athletes by the NCAA due to the impact of COVID-19 on our athletic season. I am looking forward to representing UT in the pool for one more year!
How does a CFS degree tie into those future plans?
I’m unsure what I will be doing after college, but I will be exploring all options this next school year. I am grateful for all that I have learned throughout my time in CFS, and I know that I will take my knowledge of children and families into whatever I do next!