Ten­ni­son

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS -

as soon as I stepped foot on cam­pus at Hen­drix, it just felt like home. It’s a com­mu­nity. Peo­ple from all over the United States, even from other coun­tries, come and it’s a com­mu­nity. I felt right at home.”

Ten­ni­son has been through some ad­ver­sity while swim­ming for Bryant, hav­ing to take last year off due to in­jury. But, she has fought back to swim her senior sea­son.

“She did have an in­jury sopho­more year that re­ally has hurt her the last cou­ple of years, but the thing I like about her is she fought back from that,” Bryant Coach An­gel Dale said. “She didn’t give up. She’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to her senior year. She’s not sat­is­fied with where her times are, but she hasn’t lost as much as most peo­ple would lose in that amount of time.

“I think it speaks highly that she’s never sat­is­fied with where she’s at. She al­ways wants bet­ter.”

Ten­ni­son added, “My sopho­more year I in­jured my­self and I didn’t know it was go­ing to be a sea­so­nend­ing in­jury. I sat out my en­tire ju­nior year, and that was re­ally rough, but now I’m work­ing at get­ting back.”

List­ing dis­tance events as her fa­vorite, it’s been a tough tran­si­tion for Ten­ni­son, swim­ming since she was 5 years old, to swim the shorter events, but she’s made it work and Hen­drix has no­ticed.

“As soon as re­cruit­ment could start,” Ten­ni­son said of Hen­drix con­tact­ing her. “I got a con­tact from the coach ask­ing me to come visit. I was very ap­pre­hen­sive at first be­cause it was a new op­por­tu­nity, not know­ing what to ex­pect, but it hap­pened very quick and it was very easy.”

And with Hen­drix be­ing a pres­ti­gious aca­demic school, Ten­ni­son has the

grades and honors to com­pete.

“She’s su­per smart and I think with her work ethic she’ll do well at Hen­drix. She’s a good swim­mer, hard worker,” Dale said.

“Ever since my fresh­man year, and even be­fore, I have strived to keep a 4.0 and above,” Ten­ni­son said, “re­ally as a mo­ti­va­tor for me. Sports are great, but they’re not al­ways go­ing to be there for you.”

Not only does Ten­ni­son credit the Lady Hor­nets with help­ing her achieve her goal, she has also swam for other or­ga­ni­za­tions which helped her get her to where she is at.

“I cur­rently swim for the Arkansas Dol­phins and that was a switch I made roughly a year and a half ago,” she said. “I pre­vi­ously swam for CASC Rac­ers out of Bryant. It just felt like a right time to move. Both teams helped get me to where I am today. I’m very grate­ful for all of this.”

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