Banner Graphic: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Nash Firebaugh: It would probably be Ian Crocker. He was a swimmer at Texas University back in the early 2000s.
BG: Who inspires you most?
NF: There were three seniors when I first started swimming freshman year. Jay Guffey, Walter Curran, and Jesse Elkins. They really inspired me.
BG: Who introduced you to swimming?
NF: My parents. We have an in-ground pool. Since we have a pool I've always had a feel for water.
BG: What was your first reaction to swimming competitively? Did you like or dislike it?
NF: When I first started swimming competitively when I was nine, I didn't really enjoy it that much. I never really understood it that much. After I got into high school I really started enjoying it more.
BG: Do you like to swim relays or individual events better?
NF: Definitely relays, it's more of a team atmosphere, I like that a lot better than individuals.
BG: What is your training like?
NF: It's not typical swimming training you've heard about. It's more focused on technique and thinking about how your body can move though the water the best.
BG: How much of an impact have your teammates had on you this year?
NF: This year, a lot, a lot more than last year. We are really a team this year, we have been cheering for each other at meets and it helps a lot with the team atmosphere.
BG: What life lessons have you learned from swimming?
NF: If you want to be good at something it's going to take a lot of practice and perseverance. Sometimes you are going to hate it but it pays off in the end.
BG: What are your plans after high school?
NF: I'm looking at IU and a couple good swimming schools in Ohio, but I'm not sure yet.