Katie Ford, Swimming
It takes focus and dedication to be a great swimmer, and Katie Ford said drawing demands a similar skill set.
Ford is one of the newest sprint freestylers for the UNC women’s swimming and diving teams. As a new student-athlete on campus, the freshman unwinds after hours of class and practice with her passion for drawing.
The Pennsylvania native said she’s used to long hours of practice at the pool. Spending up to 20 hours a week with UNC’s team and juggling classes for her business major, Ford finds comfort and relaxation in drawing with her favorite Prismacolor colored pencils.
Ford said her interest in art grew during high school, where she excelled in AP Art classes and her passion might lead her to the new studio art minor that was recently introduced in the Art Department. The five-course minor is enticing for students looking for a creative outlet — including Ford.
“I think that my ability to sit down and work hard on art is also similar to how I work hard in the pool,” she said.
Ford called herself a perfectionist and admitted that her attention to detail requires a lot of time to bring her visions to the page.
“I like seeing the finished product and seeing people’s reaction to it,” she said.
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