“I absolutely hate losing. My parents were both swimmers, and they’re very competitive. My mom taught me to swim when I was three—she’s still my coach. I’ve been competing since I was four, but I only got serious about it at age 10.
“When I get in the water, it’s as natural as walking. To train, I go running, I do Pilates, and I do mixed martial arts twice a week, which is good for cardio and for strengthening my legs. I cope with the pressure by reading. My teammates tease me when we travel because my suitcase is always over the weight limit. I’ll read anything. One time I read three novels in one day.
“I just graduated from high school, and this September I’ll be going to the University of Florida on a scholarship. Generally, I’m good at balancing my education and my training, even though I missed 12 weeks of class last year. Today I’m ranked first in Canada in the 200-metre backstroke, and I hold national records in both the 100- and the 200-metre backstroke. I’m psyched for London.”