IN THE POOL: So you you want to be a successful high school swimmer and earn a scholarship to a Division I college? Simple. Just follow Hailee Baldwin's blueprint. Up at 4:15 a.m. three days a week. Drive from Turlock to Ripon to train for 90 minutes at Ripon Aquatics. Drive back to Pitman High for a school day that includes three advanced placement courses. After school, head back to Ripon for another two and a half hours work in the pool and dry-land training (weights, plyometrics, etc.), then back to Turlock for dinner and homework.
Those workouts? During those workouts Baldwin will swim a total of between 6,000 and 12,000 yards roughly 3½ to 7 miles.
"It can be taxing," says Baldwin, who wears a shirt that says, 'I Love Two A Days.' "But it's what I love to do. I wouldn't change it for anything."
Clearly, the routine works. Baldwin was Central California Conference champion in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, in addition to the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. At the Sac-Joaquin Section meet, she took third in the 100 breast the top three finishers were separated by a mere six-tenths of a second and seventh in the 200 IM. Plus, she's qualified for Junior National Swimming Championships in Irvine Aug. 5-9 with her times in the 100 (1:03.95) and 200 (2:16.61) breaststrokes.
OUT OF THE POOL: With her hectic schedule, and the physical demands of training, proper nutrition is important. Baldwin doesn't obsess over her diet, but she tries to eat sensibly. Still, she admits a fondness for ice cream and frozen yogurt so much so that the late Ervin Zador, the legendary coach at Ripon Aquatics, dubbed her "Poofy."
"When Ervin found out I like frozen yogurt, he said, 'Ah, you like that poofy stuff.' "
The name stuck.
LOOKING AHEAD: Baldwin maintained a 4.5 grade-point average as a senior and signed in November to attend Fresno State, where she'll receive a partial scholarship. "About 75 percent," says Baldwin. She's already declared as a mathematics major, but she's still considering science and engineering.
QUOTABLE: "In college, I just want to keep getting better. My dream would be to go the Olympic Trials. Within my college career, I want do well in the Mountain West and the NCAAs."