Macy Rink had it all figured out about ten years ago.
“When I was 8, on a rec team, we had goal sheets,” Rink said. “My goal was always to swim in college or be on a Wheaties box.”
She hasn’t made the Wheaties box yet. But she’s accomplishing about everything else.
This week she heads to her fourth consecutive state championship meet and Wednesday she signed her national Letter of Intent to swim in college at Iowa.
She’s ranked No. 1 in her class and is on her way to being Bloomington’s valedictorian in May.
“We could see academically she was very gifted. She was able to excel in the classroom,” said Bloomington swim coach Bob Loy. “Being ranked number one in her class is phenomenal. Holding that is a quality thing out of an athlete. It’s hard to mix the two.”
Rink will swim in the 100 and 200 freestyle races at state. Then concentrate on her exceptional grades to close out the fall semester.
“I still get more adrenaline from swimming but there’s a feeling when you get your report card back and it’s exactly how you wanted it,” Rink said. “A weight is dropped off your shoulder.”
She’s preparing for her final high school swim meet but Rink thinks her work in the pool is only the start to the way she’ll represent Bloomington the rest of her life.
“I’m proud to be a Raider, represent my school,” Rink said. “Always try and be the best I can be for my community.”