Senior profile: Bridget Sheridan

For three hours a day, six days a week, Bridget Sheridan can be found under water. Swimming laps has become a staple part of her life, coming in at around 54,000 yards a week.

“I’ve felt like I have wanted to quit [swimming] all the time,” Bridget said. “It’s a love-hate relationship. When you’re really stressed out getting everything done because it takes so much of your time, you think it would be so much easier if you quit. But then when you’re at practice or you’re at a meet working hard and you can feel your hard work paying off you’re like ‘Why would I ever not want to do this?’”

Bridget’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. Matt Beasley, KHS swim coach, considers her one of the top competitors on the team after coaching her for three seasons.

“You can’t really get to where she is without having the type of work ethic that she has,” Beasley said. “She would rarely miss a practice.”

Bridget said swimming has helped foster her drive and determination. Her best times are in her 100 backstroke, swimming a 0:59.67 and in her 200 individual medley, swimming a 2:15.75.

Having committed to swim Division I at the University of Evansville in Indiana this coming fall, her hard work has payed off. However, her younger sister, Molly Sheridan, said this has not gotten to her head.

“Like anyone, she likes to win,” Molly said. “But if she loses she doesn’t get down about it. She uses that as a platform for motivation to do better. She’s always the first one to congratulate the person who won or give the person she beat a high-five and tell them good job.”

With swimming being mainly an individual sport, Bridget said her biggest competitor is herself. To prepare for a race, she listens to the same song, “Go Hard” by Lacrae, and recites Philippines 3:14 to herself.

“My faith plays a big role,” Bridget said. “Before every race I get nervous and when I say my little prayer and my Bible verse I feel calm and ready to go no matter what.”

With senior year coming to a close, she looks forward to college. Bridget said she wants to help people and make an immediate impact on their lives so this fall she will be majoring in nursing.

“I’m sad that she’s leaving,” Beasley said. “It would be wonderful to have her back for one more year, but people have to grow up and move on, and that’s okay too.”