Bart Sommeling is a freshman from Lindenwood University Belleville.
The business administration major is making his mark in the pool, particularly in distance events.
Originally from the Netherlands he used a Dutch agency to help send our resumes and profiles of himself to colleges and universities.
With a 35-acre campus and an average freshman class size of 20 people it was sure to be an adventure of a lifetime, but nothing too drastic.
When it came to the athletic portion of the college the team is what drew him into the program.
Sommeling loves the encouragement of the team, the family-like bond and the unending supply of enthusiasm.
“Everyone is always cheering for teammates that are racing.
This is awesome, especially during the mile, when I see my teammates jumping and shouting for me.” Even a strong team can’t keep away fear when it comes to competing. The fear to push that last 150 on the 500 free, the fear to push and go even faster the second half of the mile.
This fear is also one of my biggest pet peeves in swimming for myself because I’ll end the race with energy left.” Fears aside, there’s no excuse to not be ready for top notch performances.
Sommeling tries to start every practice with a clear mind.
Mandy Chun, the head coach at LWU Belleville, was one of the coaches that responded and we started emailing back and forth,” Sommeling said.
He finally picked Lindenwood-Belleville because of a Skype conversation he had with Coach Chun and some of the swimmers.