U-Mary Swimming: Joining young program an exciting chance for Houston

For freshman Mackenzie Houston, the young swimming program at U-Mary was well worth the move from Ontario, Canada.

"I fell in love with the school immediately on my recruiting trip. I loved all the girls and I loved the positivity of the team," Houston said.

Houston brings plenty of experience at some pretty high levels, as she's spent time on two Canadian national teams. But she says the training there is a lot different than in the states.

"I've never done weightlifting before, so that's a new experience for me," she said. "I get a more rounded training here, but before I was only doing one event, so I was training for that specific event."

But the bigger draw for Houston is the chance to make a mark on a program that's just entering its second year.

"I like how we're starting it up, and I like how we're going to be the face of this team, and future years are going to look up to us," Houston said.

And she says that chance to set a high bar is a great motivator.

"There has not been a day that I don't want to go to practice. Even if I've spent all night studying, I still want to wake up in the morning and still want to spend time with these girls," Houston said. 

Houston says she'll jump at every opportunity, except maybe one.
"Not the mile, definitely," she said. "Stay away from distance."

The Marauders will next participate in the Dragon and Cobber Invite Dec. 1.

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