January 12, 2012
12 QUESTIONS WITH TYLER HUNT
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
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
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
They would call me comical, athletic, hyper, and
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
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
7-FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT AND/OR TRAVEL (AND
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.
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
9-WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THRILL YOU'VE EVER HAD IN YOUR
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
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.