The Spanish Swimmer tells us her experience in Miami University.
“I chose Miami because he is the coach that I liked the most, because of the conditions of the scholarship and the location.”
A few months after arriving in Miami (Florida), Carmen San Nicolás prepares the most important competition of the year for her university team, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which will be hosted in Greensboro (North Carolina) at universities such as Louisville, North Carolina State or Virginia, programs that ranked last year among the 12 best of the NCAA Division I. In an interview published in the digital magazine Natacción, the swimmer from Murcia states that she received offers from more than 30 American universities and that she finally decided on Miami (Florida): “I chose Miami because it has the coach that I liked the most, because of the conditions of the scholarship and the location.”
Just turned 19, the swimmer of San Javier (Murcia) will live this year the intensity and emotion that is breathed in every American university competition. Being part of the university team of any sport is an honor and this is reflected in each competition. Miami finished last year 11 out of 13 participants, but expectations are higher this year for the Hurricanes.
Carmen has been several times champion of youth categories in Spain, in events like the 50 and 100 meters free. Right after juniors, entenring the senior category, she decided to explore the American university way. helped by consulting company AGM. “I was preparing my departure for about a year. I prepared the exams on my own, I looked for the resources and I planned.” The swimmer from Murcia followed in the wake of other notable Spanish swimmers such as Marina Garcia, Sonia Pérez Arau, Ana Menéndez, Macarena García Garay, Berta Triola and Cristina Mardones.
Carmen explains her day to day in Miami: “The training hours are limited by the NCAA to 20 hours a week, which we distribute between nine sessions of water and dry. My day starts by entering the water or the gym at 6:00. The schedule of classes is planned by us around the hours of training; I have about three hours a day and some in the morning and others in the afternoon. We can choose the classes before the other students, so it’s easy to adapt to the training schedules. ” The balance of these months is great: “The balance is very good: I love the classes, I have improved my English a lot, I have an excellent relationship with my classmates and the trainings are working well at the moment. I have no complaints. ”
Junior European finalist, his greatest international success was precisely at the European Games that were held in Baku in the summer of 2015, when he qualified for the 100m freestyle final after making his personal best in the semifinals: 56.89s. “The Baku Games were incredible, they were like the Olympic Games. We lived in a villa and the facilities were extraordinary. Entering the semifinals with the best swimmers in Europe was a great achievement for me, so I went out to enjoy and managed to reach the final. I remember all the messages from my family and friends, who were just as surprised as me. That has been my only individual European final, so it’s a very special memory. ”
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