H.S. Swimming | Brooke Forde Has Big Goals Heading To Stanford

06/02/2017 06:35 PM

For as long as she can remember, Brooke Forde has been in the water.

“I think I was around the age of one [when she started swimming]. My older brothers both swam and so my mom had me in the water pretty much as soon as I could and I just kind of learned to swim by following my brothers and then I joined my first team, my neighborhood team, I was five I think,” Forde explained.

Her older brothers each earned college scholarships to swim. Mitchell just finished his swimming career at Mizzou and Clayton is a student-athlete at the University of Georgia. Brooke is following in suit, heading to Stanford in the fall. The scholarships didn’t come without some hard work, though.

“The way my meets have been the past couple of years I really haven’t gotten a full break in probably close to two years, because I’ve trained through spring break the past two years getting ready for Olympic Trials last year and World Championship trials this year and this past fall I missed the break, because I was at a meet in Maui at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships,” Forde told Spectrum News. “So I’ve worked with my coach to take a few extra days off and stuff, but it’s definitely been a long time since I’ve gotten a big break from swimming.”

She swims close to twenty hours a week during the school year and even more than that in the summer- all for one goal, the Olympics.

“I swam at the Olympic Trials last summer and didn’t have a great meet and so I’m just using that for practice for next time and I hope that in three years things will turn out better and I’ll definitely be in a better spot to try to make the team,” Forde said.

She’s heading to the right place to get there. At Stanford she’ll be training alongside Olympic champions Katie Ledecky and Simone Manual. If you want to be challenged, that isn’t a bad place to start.

“I’m a little nervous about it if i’m being honest, but I think it’s going to be a great place just for me to grow as a swimmer and I’m always looking for new challenges,” Forde explained. “I love racing people in practice, so I think what better place to race people than a place where i’ll be surrounded by Olympians every day.”

While she waits on her shot at Tokyo 2020, she has plenty to keep her busy. At the end of the month she will head to Indianapolis to the U.S. National Championships, which is also the trials meet for the World Championships. There she will be in the pool with names like Kelsi Worrell, and even her brother Clayton.

Watch Brooke’s full story here:

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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