Roed joined the Dragons swimming team as part of the school's biggest recruiting class.
Haley Roed - Sophomore swimmer at Minnesota State University Moorhead
CHS Class of 2016
Major - Biology Health and Medical Sciences
Career Hopes - Attend Physical Therapy school. Begins applying in July.
Other CHS Sports - Basketball and Track/Field
How did you decide to swim collegiately?
I’ve always wanted to swim. That’s probably as far as I could ever make it. It’s not like I’m going to be in the Olympics someday. So the ultimate goal was to make it to college swimming. I didn’t really consider it until I was a sophomore in high school. Then I started to think it was something I could do someday.
What other schools were you considering?
I looked at Division II schools all over Minnesota like Mankato, St. Cloud. I also looked at UND, but I would have had to walk on. I had an idea to stay in the general area. Then I did an official visit at Moorhead and just kind of clicked with the program. I also really liked that they had a great biology department. It’s close to home and I still have to younger siblings so it was important to me that I still get to see them.
What was your biggest accomplishment in high school sports?
I think making it to state in swimming my sophomore through senior year. I also got the chance to swim at YMCA Junior Nationals in Greensboro, NC. Besides college, that’s probably the biggest meet I’ve ever been to.
What is your biggest accomplishment in collegiate sports?
At our mid-season meet this year, I swam a lifetime best in the 50 freestyle. I hadn’t dropped my time in that since my senior year in high school so that’s exciting.
Who was your favorite coach in high school?
What is something about Coach Melbye’s coaching that has stuck with you?
She really just made it fun. All of us were really invested in the program and that was super important because we had a small team. She would always tell us that we had quality over quantity. We only had about 12 girls, but in one of my year’s we went undefeated in all of our duals.
What did you notice as a big difference between playing in high school and playing in college?
In high school sports, you get a lot of different people. Some people have been swimming their entire lives and some people just started. Some are there to be with friends and some are there because they want to drop time in every single meet. In college, every single person in college is focused on getting their best times and doing the best they can. It’s a much more competitive environment.
How do you handle the pressure of playing collegiately?
I used to get really nervous when I was in ninth and 10th grade. That was something Marley really helped me through. I’ve been swimming competitively for 13 years now. You get adjusted to the bad nerves. In a college meet, it’s just like a high school meet except more people are competitive. It’s not a huge difference to cope between the two.
What surprised you at your first college practice?
The team was huge. In high school, we always had like 12 to 18 girls. I came to practice the first day at MSUM and my freshman team was the biggest team they’ve ever had. There were like 45 girls that all jumped in the water at once in a six lane pool. It was really hectic and a lot of the freshman didn’t really know what was going on. The biggest my entire high school team ever was happened to be the size of my recruiting class.
What do you miss about swimming in Crookston?
It’s a lot more relaxed and the environment is 100 percent focused on having a good time. In high school, we’d have about three meets a week so by the end of the week, if you didn’t perform your best it was understandable. In college, if you’re not dropping time or getting a consistent time, it’s disappointing because you feel like you’re letting your team down.
What is your trick to keep up with classwork and stay consistent in your game?
MSUM does a really good job of promoting the student part of student-athlete. We have an academic liaison and she is in charge with helping us communicate with our professors if we have any issues. I also notice when I am in season, I am a lot better about getting my homework done. It’s a lot easier because having a set schedule from the time you wake up at 6 a.m. to the time you go to bed at midnight lets you know what you need to be doing every hour. Everyone has bad days and it’s really nice to have 45 other girls on the team who are going through the exact same thing. After practice in the locker room is an important time to talk about what we’re going through.
What is your daily routine when you are in season?
I take 19 credits usually which is the most you can take in a semester. I wake up at about 5:30 and go to the pool from 6-8. Then I shower, eat a quick breakfast so I can actually pay attention in class and I usually have class from about 9-2:45. Somewhere in that time, I have about an hour break for lunch and to get some homework done. Then I’m at the pool again until about 4:40. Then because I had shoulder issues this year, I would go to the athletic training room for about two hours for exercises and rehab. By the time I left that, it was about 7 p.m. so I’d go home, eat, study and go to bed.
How has swimming collegiately helped you prepare for life after school and sports?
With classes and practice times and everything, it probably adds up to about working a full-time job. It helps with finding time to go grocery shopping or hang out with friends. It helps with the time management.
How do you plan to stay around swimming after college?
I don’t know if just swimming laps will be the same once I’m swimming collegiately. I’ll probably not get back in a pool for a while at least. I think it’d be really cool to be a high school coach someday.
Will you be ready when it all ends?
I’ve been swimming for 13 years and I’m 20 so that’s over half my life. I can’t imagine not doing it. I’ve been trying to find different things to do. Exercise is like an outlet. So if I don’t find something to do every day, I think I’d go crazy. I’ve started doing hot yoga and I’ve come to really like that.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing a sport in college?
I would say if you’re going to advance in your sport at some point, now’s the time to do it. Just go for it and try it out for a year. If you don’t like it, it’s easy to pick school over sport if that’s you need to do. But if you don’t give it a shot now, you might not be able to do it for the rest of your life.