By Samantha Stallings
The Louisville Women’s Sports Network sat down with Sacred Heart’s Emily LeClair and North Oldham’s Grace Oglesby as they discussed their commitment to swim at the University of Louisville beginning next season.
Sacred Heart’s Emily LeClair and North Oldham’s Grace Oglesby have both recently committed to swim for UofL.
Emily: Well I looked at a bunch of different schools and when it just came down to it, it was the family atmosphere here. My sister’s also on the team, but disregarding that, all the swimmers, when I came on my visit, were really welcoming and I had so much fun. When I was here I just felt like I was already at the school. I felt like I was already a part of it and that was really important for me.
Grace: Probably the same as Emily- the team atmosphere and it was just so welcoming. When I made my decision, it wasn’t on a official visit and so all my visits are unofficial, so it was just me and the team, basically, and just the way they welcomed me and everything.
Emily LeClair explains how her sister Ashley, a sophomore on UofL’s team, reacted when Emily committed
Emily: Actually, really exciting because I tried to keep her out of it. I didn’t want her feeling pressured to persuade me to a certain school so when I committed, I actually came to a meet and I told the coach and she overheard heard me and she ran over and hugged me and she screamed. It was a really, really good moment.
Grace’s explains how swimming is a family affair.
Grace: My older sister, last year, she also swam for North [Oldham], so getting to swim with my sisters is just the most unbelievable thing. Making it such a family thing. I can’t even describe it. It’s my favorite thing to do, to swim with them, to be on relays with them , and just cheer them on. I get more nervous for their races than I do my own. Just to watch them do something that I love so much is just amazing.
Amy Albiero, wife of UofL swim and dive coach Arthur Albiero, and coach of Cardinal Aquatics, who Emily and Grace swim for, is excited to follow their next journey
Amy: We are excited that they are going to be close enough where we can go and watch them, cheer for them, and really have a front row view of watching their next journey.
Samantha Stallings, Louisville Women Sports Network