Stanwood High senior Jetlynn Hau is looking at schools like Cornell and CalTech to continue her education in math. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Stanwood High senior Jetlynn Hau is looking at schools like Cornell and CalTech to continue her education in math. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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Wet hair, don’t care: Stanwood senior excels in pool and school

Stanwood High School senior Jetlynn Hau graduates this spring. She hopes to swim in college in 2020.

STANWOOD — A senior at Stanwood High School, Jetlynn Hau said hours of early-morning swim practices and going to school with wet hair doesn’t keep her from loving the sport. The Bob Ross-loving 17-year-old hopes to swim in college after graduating this spring.

Question: So you’re a swimmer — what events do you do?

Answer: I’m a breaststroker, so I do the 100 and 200 breast. I do some IM (individual medley) as well.

Q: How long have you been swimming?

A: Competitively since I was 8, but I think I learned to swim when I was 2. My mom was scared of us drowning.

Q: You swim club as well as high school. How do you balance all that?

A: Definitely balancing it is a little tough. I have morning practices so I’ll do morning for club and afternoon with high school. I like it because I get in a ton of hours so I’m able to really prepare for districts and state.

Q: How many practices a week are you doing?

A: I try to make every single morning but I don’t always because it’s a little tough. I generally make about seven to eight and weightlift Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Q: So how often do you show up at school with wet hair?

A: Every day. When I go out of the pool into the cold air my hair feels like icicles. And it’s always frizzy during second period.

Stanwood High School’s Jetlynn Hau swims the 200 individual medley Nov. 10, 2018, during the 2018 WIAA State Swim & Dive Championships in Federal Way. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood High School’s Jetlynn Hau swims the 200 individual medley Nov. 10, 2018, during the 2018 WIAA State Swim & Dive Championships in Federal Way. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Q: And you have some records, right?

A: I have a school record in the 100 breast and I’m a part of some record relays, too.

Q: When did you break the 100 breast record?

A: Freshman year. Every year I try to break my own time again, so far I have.

Q: How do you keep from getting burnt out?

A: I absolutely love the sport. When I was younger I didn’t like it as much and my mom would make me go to practice, but now I’ve developed a respect for it. It takes that next level of dedication and motivation to push yourself to achieve greater times. … Being in the water feels right. Land sports, not as much.

Q: What do you like to do outside school and swimming? Do you have time for anything else?

A: I try my best to hang out with friends on weekends. I also work at my parent’s restaurant, Dragon Palace. I’m also involved in a lot of clubs at school.

Stanwood High School’s Jetlynn Hau smiles after receiving her first-place medal Nov. 10, 2018, during the 2018 WIAA State Swim & Dive Championships in Federal Way. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood High School’s Jetlynn Hau smiles after receiving her first-place medal Nov. 10, 2018, during the 2018 WIAA State Swim & Dive Championships in Federal Way. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Q: How do you balance all this?

A: Junior year was the roughest year trying to balance a lot of things going on in my life. Familywise, balancing that with school and swim and the pressure of the high school season. I really wanted to win state that year, so I really wanted to dedicate myself to athletics but didn’t want to let go of academics.

Q: What did you learn?

A: I have to stay really organized. And I’m not a conventional organizer. I don’t use a planner because then I forget to check it. I set alarms on my phone because I’m not the best at remembering everything. I talk with my teachers to make sure I’m not missing anything, or if I’m confused about anything. And sleep. Sleep is important. I definitely disregarded that last year and it wasn’t too fun.

Q: What do you want to do after high school?

A: I want to go to college and hopefully swim for the college I go to. I want to study something STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related, engineering or biology. I haven’t ruled out the medical field yet.

Q: What are you looking forward to about that experience?

A: I’m really excited for a new experience. I’m actually terrified but I feel like it would be a fun time and I’d like to continue swimming after high school. I want to see where I can go and I want to contribute to a team environment. I would love to feel that same energy wherever I go.

Q: What’s something people may not know about you?

A: I like to draw. I’m not a super bad drawer — I can do more than stick figures. … I also watch Bob Ross (the late American painter and art instructor) to fall asleep. He is an icon.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

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