Senior Schulkin Holds Olympic Potential

By Louis Wolff

*By Daniel Royston*

Swimming isn’t the most popular sport when winter comes rolling in, but that might change thanks to one senior girl.

At the swimming Junior Nationals this past summer, Dani Schulkin swam fast enough times to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Trials in the 100m butterfly.

Schulkin did not attempt to qualify for the Olympics in 2007, but says competing in the 2012 London Olympics is a definite possibility. Despite her potential, Schulkin says that she has too much going on in her life to compete in the olympics.

“I think the London Olympics are a possibility, but qualifying would mean sacrificing a lot, like my life, body type, academics, etc.,” Schulkin says. “As of now, my goals are more oriented toward a successful college swimming career, going to a D1 swimming program and excelling in the NCAAs.”

Swim coach Geoffrey Schaefer and Schulkin both admit that her small 5’1″ frame affects her overall abilities and could hinder her Olympic hopes.

Schaefer named Schulkin the co-captain of the varsity swim team this year and is ready for her to become the leader the team needs.

“Dani has a rare talent for facing the challenges in the pool and finding a way to rise up to them before the race even begins,” Schaefer says.

Schaefer also expresses his enthusiasm for Schulkin’s individual success in the upcoming swim season.

“I think she will reset her own individual butterfly record, be a part of three MCPS relays (200 fly, 200 medley and 400 free relay) that set records, and have a great time being captain,” he says. “She has the heart of a champion.”