Shah-Hosseini Finds Solace in Pool
Feb. 18, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- For the last 13 years, the water has been Shayda Shah-Hosseini's home away from home.
Admittedly, when her mother introduced her to the sport at the age of 5, she wasn't too hip with the idea, but it grew on her.
"I didn't like it when I started, but you stick with it and learn to love it," she said. "It's something different. Not everyone can say they are swimmers. Most people do soccer or something. I love the competitiveness of the sport."
Now she can't see herself doing anything else.
"By swimming for so long it has become part of my daily routine. It's hard to quit," she said. "When you do something for so long, you love to do it every day."
When graduating from Arlington Lamar High School, Shah-Hosseini was at a crossroads when it came to swimming. Thinking her swimming career was over, she got the opportunity to swim for the Frogs.
"Growing up in Arlington I always wanted to come to TCU, and getting to be on the swim team is a plus," she said.
Her freshman year was quite an adjustment with a new routine, classes, and swimming.
"It was very difficult at first," said Shah-Hosseini, who is majoring in marketing. "I remember I struggled a lot last year trying to get up in the mornings and get to school. Being a sophomore now is so much easier. I feel I'm so much more acclimated to the schedule so it becomes a lot easier."
She gets up at 5 a.m. and prepares for the day. Practice begins at 7:30. She swims until 8:30 a.m. before heading to class from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. From there it's back to the pool for more training.
Despite the hectic schedule, the pool has been the one constant.
"I go to school and I'm so excited for it to be over and get to the pool and forget about all my worries with academics," she said. "I love to be in the water and forget everything."
At TCU, she switched to distance.
"That was a shocker when I started swimming the mile for the first time," she said.
But it was change she readily accepted.
"She wants to help the team in any way, in and out of the water, and she loves representing the Horned Frogs. She will do whatever it takes to help make our program better," TCU swimming coach Richard Sybesma said. "If you look up the work in the dictionary, Shayda's name should be by the word 'student-athlete.'"
This year, she placed fifth in the 1,000-yard free against North Carolina (10:42.12), and she set her personal-best in the event by swimming 10:35.96 at Iowa State. Two weeks ago she swam a 10:37.07 and finished fourth in the Frogs' dual with North Texas.
The Frogs will compete at the Big 12 Conference swimming and diving championships Feb. 26-March 1 in Austin.