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.”