I am a sophomore swimmer at JCC, where I participate in the fly, freestyle, and individual medley. I also swam in high school. I went to nationals last year, and loved hanging out with my fellow swimmers. I am majoring in individual studies, and my plan after graduation is to continue my studies in pharmacy.
Victoria Matteson is one of the most dedicated swimmers in the pool. Not only does she work remarkably hard in practice, but she also takes time to swim on her own watch, squeezing an extra workout into her rigorous study schedule and lengthy commute.
Q: What attracted you to Jamestown Community College Athletics?
A: When I found out I had been accepted at JCC, the first thing I did was look to see if there was a swim team. Swimming was something I could do, and I already knew how to swim well. College is all about advancement, and I guess I wanted to hone one skill I already had.
Q: Why the swim team?
A: I have been swimming competitively since I was six years old. I have concentrated so much on swimming, so it was a no brainer to give it a shot.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about college athletics?
A: The usual answer, I really enjoy the friends that being involved has allowed me to make. As a commuter, I don’t socialize a lot at college. I pretty much go to class, study, and go home. When I joined the swim team, I got an instant family that I will always have, and that’s a great thing.
Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: My biggest goal was to break last year’s best time for the butterfly stroke event. Fly is my favorite stroke and I have been working really hard on my technique all season.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: I am studying to be a pharmacist. You can ask any of my teammates and they will tell you about all of the constant studying and test prep I have been working on all season. My plans are to attend LECOM in Erie, PA upon graduation from JCC, and then begin my pharmacy career. It hasn’t been easy, but I do enjoy a challenge.
Q: Are there any personal highlights you’d like to mention from this season so far?
A: Definitely my participation in the regional championships. Despite doubling up on practices and taking every minute I wasn’t studying to practice swimming, I just couldn’t seem to break my best times. My goal from the start of the season was to break those personal records, and try as I might, it just wasn’t happening. At regionals I ended up getting personal bests in every event I swam. I was really beginning to think that I was going to end the season without making my goal, but everything worked out just like I had hoped.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring athletes?
A: I think the standard applies here; just go for a team. If there is any sport you play, join the college team. If your school doesn't offer it, learn more about starting a club with people with the same interests. Your college career will fly by so fast, so take advantage of all the fun moments doing what you love to do. Those will be the moments you remember when college days have come and gone.