Kim Edmonds '07 leading the WildCats
12/13/2005 2:19:10 PM
Records are meant to be broken. This is a phrase often used in the world of athletics and one that is reigning true for WildCat swimmer Kim Edmonds ’07.
During the past two seasons it has been rare for Edmonds to not break a personal, school, or opponent pool record each and every time she entered the pool. In the WildCats’ first seven meets this season she broke two R-MWC individual records and set three pool records at opposing institutions. Last season Edmonds broke five R-MWC individual records. She is now at the point where she is breaking her previously set records from last year, a personal goal that she set for herself at the beginning of the season.
“Breaking records gives me the satisfaction that I am making an impact on the school’s swimming program and that all the hard work is paying off,” Edmond said.
Head Swim Coach Donna Hodgert credits Edmonds’ success this season to her self-confidence and hard work. At the Washington & Lee University meet this fall, Hodgert said Edmonds walked onto the pool deck, looked at the 100 breaststroke pool record and said, “I can break that record.” And she did.
“She is that confident this season, and it is pushing her to excel,” said Hodgert. “She has the same solid work ethic, self motivation and confidence that I have seen in other record holders and in the top swimmers in our conference.”
Edmonds, whose strongest event is the 100 breaststroke, believes Hodgert’s training program has a lot to do with how well she has started the season. The WildCats started the season with an intense training program to get them into shape quickly, which Edmonds says gave the team an edge over their competition.
“By the time our first meet rolled around I felt like I was in awesome shape already,” Edmonds said.
In addition to her physical talents, Edmonds is also strong mentally. Hodgert said she has learned how to hold a certain pace for various race distances and can plan a race strategy based on those paces. Edmonds’ strategies are definitely paying off. At the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jacket Invitational, Edmonds won three individual events, finishing tied for the high point award -- given to the swimmer with the most individual points at the two-day competition.
Edmonds, who was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Swimmer of the Week in November, enters each meet with a goal in mind. She often uses pool and school records as motivation during a race. Although she enjoys breaking records, it is not her ultimate goal.
“Each of the records I’ve set at other pools also marks a personal best time, and that is a bigger accomplishment to me,” she said.
A native of Mechanicsville, VA, Edmonds’ is looking to finish the 2005-2006 season with several victories at the ODAC and Atlantic States Championship Meet in February. She has recorded the best times in the 200 and 100 breaststrokes in the ODAC this season.
Qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet is also an obtainable goal for Edmonds. She is currently 1.5 seconds off of the qualifying time for the NCAA B cut. “It is hard to improve during a short swim like the 100 breaststroke, but a quicker stroke turnover can get Kim the results she needs to qualify,” Hodgert said.
Until the time comes to compete for individual awards at the end of the season, Edmonds will continue to help the WildCats, who currently hold a record of 6-2, win meets and make their mark as one of the top teams in the ODAC.
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