College Swimming: Mary Cate Williamson brings sister to the pool

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Eileen Williamson’s been swimming so long that it’s part of her identity.

“I remember in high school trying to imagine what it was like not to swim,” Eileen said, “and I really couldn’t because it’s what I’ve been doing my entire life.”

But during her freshman year at a private Virginia college, she didn’t have to imagine anymore.

“There was no official swim program,” Eileen said.

So her sophomore year, she wanted to bring the pool back into her life.

“I started a swim club,” Williamson said. “It was just a bunch of us. We would get practices in three times a week.”

Eventually Eileen wanted a change of scenery, and her younger sister brought up UMary to her.

“Mary Cate came on her recruiting trip,” Eileen said, “and then she came back and she told me about it. She loved it.”

But neither sister wanted to pressure the other into making a specific decision.

“It was neat because we also wanted the other person to be there,” Eileen said, “but didn’t want them to make a decision off of us.”

And now the two are together in Bismarck.

“She literally is like my mom here,” Mary Cate said. “She’s here for me and it’s awesome. It’s so much fun to look over and she’s right there.”

Eileen says it’s like they’re back in their high school swimming days together, with just one slight difference.

“Now she’s much faster,” Eileen laughed, “but it’s very neat. It’s very neat. And it’s so nice to have someone this far from home to train with and just to be around on campus.”

The Marauders are at the Dragon and Cobber Invite this Friday.

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