Athlete of the Week: Jordan Hillard


Senior Jordan Hillard diving into the water beginning to compete in a relay.

Senior Jordan Hillard is a member of the varsity Swim and Dive team.

What’s your favorite thing about swimming?

“My favorite part is definitely meeting new people and bonding with some of my closest friends,” Hillard said.

When did you start playing the sport?

“I started swimming when I was 7 years old at the Oak Ridge Swim Club,” Hillard said.

Were you good at the sport when you first started?

“I would say I was about average, but I really improved when I began swimming competitively,” Hillard said.

Do you have any post-game rituals?

“Some of my friends and I will usually go out to Chick-fil-A or Cookout after the meet,” Hillard said.

How does your team get ready for a big game?

“We always do our Viking cheer and hype each other up before our events, and of course eat Panera bagels,” Hillard said.

How has the sport changed over the years?

“I would say that not much has changed; we’ve always had the same spirit and rituals throughout my 4 years of swimming,” Hillard said.

Do you still enjoy the sport years after you started?

“Yes, I’ve pretty much always enjoyed swimming since I was 7 years old,” Hillard said.

How do you manage school and a varsity sport?

“I used to swim year-round, and quit sophomore year,” Hillard said. “Since high school swim is only about 4 months out of the year, it’s actually a lot easier than what my old schedule used to be.”