Foo was the only Ute to earn a podium finish at the Pac-12 Championships last season
Jan. 7, 2013
With the 2012-13 Swimming and Diving season in full swing, senior Nelson Foo shares his experiences with Utah Swimming and Diving.
Describe your experience with Utah Swimming and Diving
I’m happy here. It’s like a big family, I’m a family member here. Everyone has been nice to me. I am glad that I have a lot of friends here and that I get along with everyone else. We have the same goals; go to every meet, do our best, get better. I’m really happy about it. Because I am an international student, I am glad that I have friends from different cultures, that speak different languages, but we all can still be really good friends.
What has been your favorite memory with Utah Swimming and Diving??
There is quite a lot, every day we have fun. The best thing for me was getting a medal last year. It was our first year in the Pac-12. The first half of the season, I wasn’t doing very well. I was having a rough season. I came back at the end and did a great job. Everyone was very happy with what I did.
What have you learned here that yoy can use later in life?
We swim in the fastest conference in the nation, so the practice is hard. I have learned how to be tough, how to handle practice and school and everything. Being tough and not giving up. I have learned how to work as a group. I need to care about everyone because how I perform represents the school and the coaches’ effort on me and I have the team expectations on me. I still need to do well. I have learned how to be tough and how to be considerate of other people.
Who would you like to thank?
Richard. Richard is the first person I need to thank. Sometimes I make mistakes, sometimes I am not doing well, he always helps me, gives me a chance, cheers me up and brings me to the best performance.
It has been a joy to be able to coach Nelson the past three years. He has learned to dedicate himself the sport again and to push himself to become better.
He brings a great attitude to every workout and he makes being a part of the team and working hard a lot of fun.
Probably the thing that I am most proud of him about is that he has progressed in his career to a point where he can no longer rely of pure talent and ability. His capabilities are where they are because he has worked very hard to get achieve what he has done and that wasn't always the case in his career.