Emma Schoettmer estimates it’s a seven-minute walk from the house she shares with two teammates to the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
By the way, the facility used by both the University of Arizona men’s and women’s swim programs is outdoors. No ceiling, only sky. Instead of cold, hard walls, the coaches and athletes have no choice but to observe trees and mountains during the course of meets and practices alike.
“In August we had a couple of practices that were stormed out,” said Schoettmer, a two-time IHSAA state champion from Center Grove High School who now is a freshman at Arizona. “Swimming outside is different. I love it.
“You’re not constantly inhaling chlorine, and it’s nice to be able to see the sky.”