[Editor’s note: “Take Five” is a recurring feature designed to offer a quick look at some of Oregon’s most interesting high school sports standouts. Today, we meet Sammy Halferty, a senior at Taft HS in Lincoln City. Halferty has been swimming for 11 years and is a four-year varsity swimmer who twice has been to the state meet. She hopes to go again as a senior in the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle. We asked Halferty to answer five questions from the 25 we sent her way. This is how she responded…]
OSAAtoday: What kind of coach gets the best out of you as a swimmer?
Sammy Halferty: I need a coach who is going to give me something to do constantly. If I stop working for too long, I lose my motivation in practice and tend to goof off. I need a coach who is really good about keeping me motivated and in the best shape I can be. I need someone knows when I should take it easy and when I need to push myself, someone who’s not afraid to yell at me when I need to get moving and a coach who can tell me what I’m doing and how I can improve my swim. Luckily, I’ve had that coach for the last 11 years and couldn’t ask for better.
OSAAtoday: What Olympic sport do you think you’d be the worst at and why?
Halferty: Gymnastics, especially the balance beam. It’s mesmerizing to watch, but I know for a fact that I’d break something trying to do what those Olympians do. I don’t have very good balance and gymnastics takes a lot of practice and grit. Props to the gymnasts!
OSAAtoday: What about going to college scares the bejeebers out of you?
Halferty: Starting towards my goal and losing motivation. I can handle living on my own and managing my time and money, but the idea that I could throw away my dream because it’s “too much work” or I just procrastinate working towards it until it’s too late...that is the scariest part of college for me right now.
OSAAtoday: What is your favorite class in school and why?
Halferty: I’m taking a psychology class right now and I never knew just how fascinating the mind is until now. I feel like I’ve learned so much in this class and I’m interested in the subject because I can apply it to everyday life.
OSAAtoday: What is the most interesting or unusual thing about you?
Halferty: My freshman year, I went on a medical mission trip to Kenya and got to stay on a University campus. There was a hospital on the site and we worked there trying to provide as much free medical attention as we could in the short time we spent there. I worked mainly in the pharmacy or the eye clinic. It was really exciting to give glasses to people who needed them and never had any until then. I worked with some of the college students at the school and made some really good friends while I was there. I’m really happy that I went because that was one of the most moving experiences for me.
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