For many college athletes, the summers are filled with long training sessions preparing for the upcoming season.
For North Carolina's Kevin Erndl, that was never the case.
Erndl used to rest in the off-season, taking the time to recuperate after the grueling collegiate season came to a close.
But things have changed, and now Erndl is flying.
Erndl, a junior on the men's swimming team, has started out the year at a scorching pace. Thus far, Erndl has tied the fastest time in UNC history in one event and equaled the sixth-fastest time in another.
Erndl attributes this success to his dedication and training in the summer. For the first time in his career, Erndl focused his efforts on working hard in the off-season to improve for the year ahead.
"This is the first summer I can remember of that I really trained," Erndl said. "I came to school, and I didn't have to worry about getting in shape.
"I could focus more on fine-tuning my strokes and working a little bit harder than I normally have."