Student-Athlete Spotlight: Taking Laps with Eric Ress
Dec. 10, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The IU Varsity Club recently sat down with Indiana swimmer Eric Ress about his college experience and how he chose IU.Q: Before committing, what did you find most attractive about IU?
A: I come from a small town in Connecticut. So, I felt the most comfortable being here. I wanted to go somewhere where I wasn't going to be too overwhelmed, but I also wanted a change in scenery. When I came here on my recruiting trip, I vividly remember the sense of "team." I know it sounds cliché, but it really felt like a family, I felt very comfortable here. IU was the best place to for me to swim fast and excel academically.
Q: Your father swam here from 1975-1979 (1976 Olympian). Did that impact your decision?
Q: What was the biggest adjustment for you-- coming from high school to IU?
Q: How would you describe the "Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team?"
Q: As a scholarship athlete, how do you most benefit from the aid you receive from the Varsity Club?
A: The scholarship I have enables me to do what I do. It allows me to focus both on my school and my training. Without it, I would probably work a part-time job on campus. I came in with partial athletic and partial academic [scholarship] and that was a good reminder to me that I have something to work for. I have to earn it. It serves as a motivator to earn my scholarship.
When I was a high school senior, my dad asked me what I wanted to do at Conference and NCAA's next year. I told him I wanted to get a top-eight finish at Conference. He looked straight at me and said, "If you're on scholarship, you need to be in three top-eight finals. You need to score as many points as you can. You need to earn that scholarship." It serves as a motivation. There are guys who are on the team who aren't on scholarship and are NCAA finalists. They're vying for individual national titles and they might not be on scholarships. They deserve it just as much as I do and it serves as constant reminder that I am an ambassador of the university as someone who represents IU both athletically and academically.
Q: If you had the opportunity to meet the donors who paid for your scholarship, what would you say to them?
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