BY AARON SNYDER
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL Lindsey Seaton views her greatest opponent in the pool as the swimmer in her own lane.
“Your biggest competition is definitely yourself,” said the Russell senior. “You’re really competing against your best time and not necessarily the person beside you.” Seaton inked a letter of intent on Wednesday to plunge into the Transylvania University pool.
A lifelong swimmer, Seaton said YMCA coach Ryan Ferguson was the vessel that helped ship her to Lexington, where she’ll begin taking classes in the fall.
“(Ferguson) was my biggest influence on whether to swim in college or not because he’s really good friends with the coach at Transy, so here I am,” said Seaton in Russell High School’s library.
Transy’s coach is Dave Doolin. He seized leadership of the swimming and diving team in 2017. Doolin’s personality was a draw for Seaton.
“Dave is just so funny,” she said. “Every time I run into him whenever I’m on Transy’s campus, he’s always smiling. ... He’s just a really nice guy and I know he can make me even faster than I am.”
Seaton recently competed in the YMCA Short Course National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
She excels in the 50 and 100 freestyle, capturing region championships in both as a senior. She says 50 free is her best — she backs up the statement with numbers.
Seaton’s best time in the 50 free is 24.53 seconds, which she achieved at the state meet at the University of Louisville as a junior.
Seaton said Ferguson doesn’t allow her to simply specialize in a particularrace. “Ryan doesn’t just focus on, say, the 50 freestyle,” Seaton said. “He makes sure I’m also conditioned in all the other events so I’m wellrounded. He definitely encourages me to practice my hardest.”
Seaton’s high school coach is Jennifer Daniels.
Between coaches, family and friends, Seaton has plenty of support to boost her as she enters the collegiate ranks.
“I remember swim lessons, the ones that every mom makes their kids do, and me and Heather, my sister, would always hide on the bottom in the deep end,” Seaton said. “The instructor would get mad and pull us back up to the surface. Our lips would get blue and we’d shiver and we were exhausted, but I guess that’s what started the love for swimming that I have.”
Seaton participated in her first swim lessons at 6 months old in a “Mommy and Me” program.
She joined the YMCA Barracudas in third grade and began swimming in high school meets as a fifthgrader.
Seaton plans to major in business at Transylvania.
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