GR: Even without much time to reflect, how do you feel about everything that you've accomplished and everything that happened for you this year?
AK: I just feel really great about everything that I've done this school year. It was the perfect wrap-up to all four years at Sacred Heart.
GR: Your first two years in high school, you obviously accomplished a lot in the pool with Sacred Heart and your junior year you took up running and made a pretty nice debut there as far as picking up that new sport. You didn't swim that year, but did you ever consider what it would be like to put the two together in one season and see what a great year you could have from start to finish with both sports?
AK: Honestly, I had no idea at the start of junior year how good I was going to be at running. I wasn't even sure if I was going to make varsity. I wasn't sure what kind of talent I had or anything like that, I just kind of jumped into it just because it looked fun. It really was more of a spur-of-the-moment decision than anything else.
GR: But after you had done a season of cross-country and realized you were pretty good at it and, I would assume, enjoyed it, did you think about it going into your senior when you had already decided to come back to swimming?
AK: Yeah, I was really excited about being able to represent Sacred Heart in both sports, not just doing well in the pool like I had freshman and sophomore year or on the cross-country course like I did junior year.
GR: Can you compare the two sports or talk about what the appeal of both is for you? Are there similarities to you between running and swimming?