Athlete Profile: Soleil Phan sets goals for her bright future

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First-year Soleil Phan has certainly made quite a splash this season on the varsity swimming and diving team. Phan hails from Irvine, Calif., and chose Carnegie Mellon because it was the best of both worlds. “I loved the academic rigor it offered and, at the same time, I really wanted to swim at a competitive [Division III] school,” she said.

She has yet to decide her major but is looking to pursue something in the realm of public relations.

Phan’s season highlights came from the annual training trip to Miami and the 200-yard individual medley swim-off at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. It was a swim-off for the eighth-place spot at finals later that afternoon, about 40 minutes after her first swim. “I honestly didn’t know if I was going to do well and beat my opponent,” Phan remarked. When describing the event, Phan said, “During the swim, I thought she had me because she pulled ahead on the backstroke and the breaststroke leg, but on the last freestyle turn going home I felt like I could catch her, and I did. The time I swam [2:06.24] would’ve landed me first place going into finals and qualify me for NCAAs. Hopefully at NCAAs I can have the same type of performances!”

Phan enjoys being part of the swimming and diving team because she likes the mental and physical test of the sport and the unconditional support of her teammates.
In future seasons, Phan would like to make the finals at NCAAs with a time under 52 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, a time under 1:52 in the 200-yard freestyle, and a time under 55 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly.

Lastly, she would like to have one relay team beat Emory.

Phan will compete in NCAAs March 23–26 in Knoxville, Tennessee.