Middlebury

Donnie Stuart
Graduation Year: 2008
Position: IM/Fly
Previous School: Greens Farms Acad.
Hometown: Westport, Conn.
Major: Religion & Psychology
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

It was late November and winter was just beginning to leave its mark with the first snowfall. Set against the backdrop of the Green Mountains on the East and the Adirondacks on the West, the campus was impressive and so was the potential to go skiing. When I walked into the pool, though, I was stunned. Not only was it huge, but I could see the fields and mountains through the windows and I knew that this would be an awesome place to spend four years.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

While its academic rigor and opportunities to excel in athletics and other extra-curricular activities are notable, the defining feature of my Middlebury experience is the relationships that I have been able to establish. From students and professors, to coaches and community members, I have been privileged to get to know many people who have left an indelible mark on my life.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

When I was a freshman, we beat Amherst for the first time in the history of our program. The second half of that meet as we realized that we could pull off that upset was so intense, and I’ll never forget the way we came together as a team to emerge victorious.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

What you get out of swimming is largely a function of what you put into it, and I think this applies to everything in which I engage in my life. I don’t mean merely the physical training, but also the attitude and desire that are integral parts of this sport have a huge effect on the outcomes that I achieve.

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