Akalia Bostock, is a second-year exercise science student from Provo. Bostock managed to earn a victory for the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.93 in their game against the University of Idaho on January 29. Photo courtesy of Marketing & Communication University
The Dixie State University women’s swim team dominated the Idaho duel Jan. 29, winning the event by 32 points.
The team won two team events and seven individual events. As a team, they won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, and four team athletes won individual races.
Paulina Sansores, a first-year business management student from Querétaro, Mexico, won three of the individual races with outstanding times in each. Sansores won the 1,000 yard freestyle in 10:33.58, the 500 freestyle in 5:11.43 and the 200 IM in 2:10.39.
Sansores started swimming at the age of 4 as a safety mechanism. She discovered her love for swimming and eventually achieved DSU. Sansores said the transition was a long process, but she loves every moment.
When Sansores started swimming competitively, she mentally prepared herself for every competition to come. To relive the anxiety, stress, and pain she was in, Sansores looked at the day as if it were just an ordinary day. “I know I struggle in practice every time, I just have to remember it’s a race and I have to go fast,” Sansores said.
Fellow athlete Kyrie Nicolds, a senior psychology major from Ogden, won two of the individual races, including the 50 freestyle in 24.64 and the 100 freestyle in 53.77.
Nicold’s passion for swimming was born when she went on boat trips with her family. For her safety, she had no choice but to wear a life jacket, although she hated it. Nicolds made it her goal to prove to everyone that she didn’t need it.
“My dad said if I passed all levels of swimming lessons, I could take the life jacket off,” Nicolds said. “I took all the swimming lessons.”
As Nicolds pursues her passion as a senior on the DSU women’s swim team, she has prepared herself mentally to help her perform at her best. This includes going to bed early, taking a hot shower in the morning, and taking 15 minutes to think about your errands for the day.
Depending on his encounters, Nicolds prepares himself mentally a few days before and takes 2 hot showers in the morning. For more complex meetings such as conferences, she prepares a week or two in advance.
Akalia Bostock, a second-year exercise science student from Provo, took her victory in her individual race, the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.93.
Bostock started swimming at the age of six, when her parents placed her in a swim camp. The camp swim coach saw Bostock’s skills and potential and gave him the opportunity to compete on the team.
Bostock prepares herself mentally by visualizing her races, trusting the process, the training and the effort she puts in in training. Right before Bostock enters the block, she goes through a routine of slapping her thighs, hands, calves, and finally her back, to fully get into the right frame of mind.
DSU Women’s Swim Team Head Coach Dan Kesler said, “Swimming is a cumulative sport, and there is a lot of time and preparation that goes into each competition.
Kesler said one mental preparation he wants his athletes to think about before they start is thinking about doing their best and not stressing about anything else. Mental preparations and focus on the process, and getting a little better each day will go a long way.
Kesler said the goal for the rest of the season is to work hard in practice and continue to move up the conference standings in hopes of competing in the 2022 WAC Women’s Swimming Championships.
As the season draws to a close, the team will continue to work for each other and wrap up the regular season in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UNLV First Chance Invite on February 12.