The young swimmer wanted to be a doctor and later on pursue IAS. But currently she is pursuing engineering. The first match that she represented India was the Pacific Games 2015-16 held in Adelaide Australia. It was hard enough to advance into the finals but she is proud enough to have clocked the best timings. she holds the national record in 50,100,200 back and 50 free style in CBSE nationals. She also holds 5 state records in 50,100,200 back in short as well as long course. No one has beaten it as of now.
Any rituals you follow
I am a devotee of lord Raghavendra. I always make it a point to go to the temple before and after the meet. It is like praying to God to bestow me strength and thank him after the meet.
One match you are proud of
200 meters backstroke match held at Rajkot in the SGFI nationals 2015. A silver and an international selection to Poland. I Missed the gold by fractions yet it was a memorable race.
Lamest excuse you have ever given to your teacher?
During Work outs I always say that I got cramps in my leg and bunk at least 200 mts for rest. Of course, my coach did not believe at first then it takes the extra drama for him to believe my story.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It is a very proud feeling to represent my country. It is an honour to have the Indian flag raised high and knowing you are the reason.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement is to qualify for the upcoming world universities and get a medal making my parents and the country proud.
Initial hurdles you faced
The initial hurdles that I faced was to balance between studies and practice sessions. Time management helps a lot in such cases.
Perks of being an athlete
Focus and Sportsmanship. As a swimmer time management, too. You get to know a lot of people, in a way there is a high chance of being an extrovert which is really an advantage in my opinion.
Your secret skills
I can do an underwater of 50 mts. Roll my tongue into a tube. I can byheart mobile numbers within seconds and remember it for years.
Your greatest failure?
One of my greatest failure was the two years of my muscle injury where I did not swim well for two years. I consulted a lot many doctors and it was a misery. I never lost hope because I loved the sport a lot. I started practicing harder and focusing better than before.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be
I think I would say Sneha T. To be frank I consider her as my role model. She’s perfect. I would jump around if I am in her body.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
Procrastination. I would like to put an end to it as I get thrown into a coffee-driven all-nighter complete with lots of junk food.
What drives you to go for training everyday
Passion and Love for the sport. It has been 13 years and still it is going strong. It is a different world where you forget all your tensions and end up enjoying the hard sets even though you hate doing them.
Area of your game you need to improve?
My fitness. I have always neglected it and I still do the same. I need to work on my backstroke dive and then I think I am good to go.
If you could get a tattoo, what would it be?
A swimmer who does backstroke of course as I am a Backstroker and I love to have the symbol imprinted on my body.
Best sports movie ever
M.S Dhoni : The untold story. Dhoni’s life is an inspiration for many athletes. The ups and downs he had to face and how he tackled them, which led him to be an amazing cricketer and a good leader.
My short-term goal is to get qualified for The World University Games. And my Long-term goal is to be beyond wildest dreams the Olympics.
Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020
To become fit and healthy.
To better my techniques.
Plan good strategies to tackle my competitors.
What is the scariest experience you have ever had?
Climbing the Anthargange hills. I really thought I would fall off while climbing but managed to climb because of my dear classmates. That really was hell of a great yet scary experience.
Your most Embarrassing moment
I peed in my pants during an exam when the invigilator did not let me go to the bathroom. I had to control it till the end and that was 2 and half hours and was a pretty tough job. I had to cover it by tying my jacket around the waist and the bench in which I was sitting had my wet butt mark. Yeah that was a pretty embarrassing moment.
“Inside the water I’m a devil, care not to underestimate me.
If you do, the consequence is yours.”
One super power you wish you had
To control time with the mind. Controlling time is a very important job and only the wise and understanding can obtain it.
Who do you think is the greatest athlete of all time?
Micheal Phelps. He holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals and has 28 medals at the Olympics. He is my all-time favorite and I aspire to become like him one day.
Your biggest inspiration
My biggest inspiration is my father. He balanced every decision on what was best for everyone involved, not on what was best for him. Many times, I saw him chose a path that was more difficult for him but it was ” The right thing to do”.
Your Favorite team and the team you hate?
I love the Indian team in any sport discipline. I do love the synchronized swimming team of Spain. I do not have a team which I hate. Every team is equally strong and are the best competitors for one another.