Varsity Kansas

Getting to Know Campus’ Olivia Sailors

The Wichita Eagle

Sailors, a junior, is in the International Baccalaureate program at Campus. Sailors competes in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500 free.

How difficult is it to be an athlete and be in such a rigorous academic program?

“It’s been difficult to juggle at times when I have lots of homework and then I have practice. I’m also very involved in the debate and forensics program at school. The amount of involvement I have is like having another sport. It’s like I’m juggling IB, homework and two extra sports on the side. It’s a lot to handle, but I have to make sure I’m managing my time well. I really enjoy what I’m doing and want to keep doing it.”

You swam year round until two years ago. What is the difference between being a part of a club team and high school team?

“I realized high school swimming was much more exciting to me. Club swimming is so much about the individual aspect rather than the team aspect. Starting high school swimming, it was all about being a part of the team and your individual contributions. The team is something I really loved. I love to be able to make my contribution to the team and see my team do well as a whole.”

You swim the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Do you enjoy those events?

“The 500 free is my main event, the event I train for mostly. It’s pretty difficult, not only physically but emotionally. Sometimes I have a hard time preparing myself for a race that long because it’s hard to think to yourself that you have to swim really hard for a little under 6 1/2 minutes when you wish you could get in the water for about 30 seconds and be done.”

Your family has hosted 10 foreign-exchange students, and you plan to travel to Argentina for a short-term exchange. What have you learned from being around people from different countries?

“When you think about people from other countries, of other races, I realize there are other factors that need to be taken into account. It’s given me insight that there’s so much more in the world than what we see in front of us. There’s so many different cultures. I’m glad I’ve been exposed to something like that at a young age.”

Campus is starting a student-run coffee shop. How were you involved?

“Me and a group of about 20 others at my school have been working really hard to prepare a student-run coffee shop at our school. We’ve come up with everything, we’ve presented to multiple board (meetings), presented to the board of education in March. We’re excited to say that they approved our loan — the ‘Stompin’ Grounds’ is coming to Campus.

“It will open in the fall of 2015, inside the commons at Campus High School. We’ll be able to sell and make coffee. It’s so we can get real-life experience in the business world. This is something we won’t be getting paid for — but we plan to pay back our loan in about six years. We were thrilled that we could work together and make it happen. It will be a cool thing for the community as a whole.”