Alumni Spotlight: Haley Spencer
July 7, 2014
Class of 2013
Hometown: O'Fallon, MO
Favorite race: 200 Breast
Haley currently holds records in both the 200 breaststroke (short course) 2:05.98 and 200 breaststroke (long course) 2:27.09.
What were some of your favorite memories as a Golden Gopher swimmer?
Winning back to back Big Ten Championships my junior and senior year was amazing! After placing 2nd as a team my freshman and sophomore year, we really wanted a win for the 2012 seniors so that they could graduate with a ring. Accomplishing that felt so great! Then completely dominating the conference in 2013 as a senior on the team was the cherry on top of a great 4 years.
Another one of my favorite memories was placing 9th as a team at the NCAA championships in 2011. It was one of those meets where every performance was great and we had fun and stayed true to ourselves all the way through. Two of our swimmers were even shown on the ESPN airing of the meet dancing while cheering during the last session! We walked away as a top-10 NCAA team and with 3 individual event champions, myself included.
How has Minnesota assisted with your career after graduating?
As a swim coach at Minnetonka swim club, being a member of this team has provided me with the confidence and swimming knowledge to help develop younger swimmers. The coaches at this program are great role models for anyone looking for a career in coaching.
What meet are you currently training for?
Even though it is two years away, the meet that I am training for is the 2016 US Olympic Trials. This summer my main meet will be US Nationals at the beginning of August.
What advice do you have for current Minnesota swimmers?
Take it all in and enjoy every moment! You are incredibly fortunate to be a part of a program like this and to have so many opportunities and resources available to you, never take that for granted.