Leopard freshman Tyler Hunt has made an immediate impact on the swimming and diving team after making the transition from water polo, helping lead the men's team to victory over Occidental on January 7. In this segment for leopardathletics.com, he talks on various subjects, including his athletic goals, how others would describe him, and what he might be doing 10 years from now.
1-YOU MADE A HUGE IMPACT FOR THE LEOPARDS IN HELPING THE MEN'S TEAM TO VICTORY. DESCRIBE THE FEELING OF BEING SO INSTRUMENTAL IN A TEAM WIN?
It feels good knowing that I am part of such a great group of people that work there tails off everyday. I am only a piece of the men's team puzzle that came out on top. We just need to look onward towards the future and think how we can become successful. It feels like I'm with a family.
2-HOW DID YOU HANDLE THE TRANSITION FROM WATER POLO TO SWIMMING THIS YEAR?
The main part of Water Polo is swimming. If you aren't good at swimming then you can't be successful in Water Polo. I followed that rule, which in the end, is making me and the mens swim team accomplish victories.
3-OVERALL, WHAT'S IT LIKE FOR YOU TO BE A DUAL-SPORT STUDENT-ATHLETE WHEN IT COMES TO TIME MANAGEMENT?
It's tough on me, I'm not going to lie. I put academics before sports because that is what is most likely going to pay the bills later on in my life. I usually wake up early for practice, then I go to class all day. After that, I study until the early hours of morning. I work on a small amount of sleep. It is hard but I know that it will be worth it in the long run.
4-WHAT WORDS WOULD YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
They would call me comical, athletic, hyper, and outgoing.
5-WHAT ARE SOME GOALS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS SEASON ON THE SWIM TEAM?
I would love to be a part of a team that can reach nationals and become stronger at the same time.
6-WHAT YOU DO THINK YOU'LL BE DOING 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
Hopefully I will have a nice family with a strong job and a few kids to watch mature and teach them the life lessons my elders taught me.
7-FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT AND/OR TRAVEL (AND WHY)?
North Carolina is definitely at the top of the list. The reason is because of the food and the warm beaches. My favorite food is shrimp and I have had 3 pounds in one sitting before. Oops.
8-WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST TRANSITION YOU HAD TO MAKE FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE?
I had to better control my emotions better as my temper sometimes impacted with my grades and athletics in high school. I have now overcome those issues and have become a better athlete because of it. Also, just becoming responsible and doing my own laundry is so hard that I'm learning to just put it in my schedule.
9-WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THRILL YOU'VE EVER HAD IN YOUR LIFE?
My biggest thrill was when I saved a few kids lives while life guarding back at home.
10-WHAT MUSIC DO YOU MOST LIKE TO LISTEN TO?
I like all kinds of music that will suit the way I am feeling or get me in the mood to race or play Water Polo.
11-WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE MOST SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am from Chicago and I have ADHD.
12-DO YOU FOLLOW OTHER SPORTS?
I follow a lot of sports. Being from Chicago, I follow hockey because the Blackhawks always do work. I also watch football but the Bears aren't really a team to be excited about nor the cubs. The best team to come from Chicago is the BULLS since Derrick Rose is the MVP and always has something up his sleeve.