As the only senior swimmer on the University of Tennessee Swimming and Diving team, Jordan Walters will have the senior class all to himself for the upcoming swim season. As a testament to his leadership, his teammates have elected him a co-captain of the squad along with junior Geoff Sanders.
“I am really excited about being a co-captain,” Walters said. “As the only senior I feel like its part of my responsibility to lead the team in the right direction.”
Head UT Swimming coach John Trembley has confidence that Walters will be able to fill the role and be a mentor to underclassmen.
“Jordan will prove to be a great leader,” Trembley said. “He will be a leader because he has the benefit of (his past) experience. He has endured (a lot) to be successful and many others will profit from that experience he has had.”
As for the season, Walters believes the biggest key to success will involve the incoming freshman who will account for the largest class on the team and many of whom will be relied upon to compete immediately for a program that placed eighth at last year’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
A team goal of Walters’ is to “get the freshman on the right track” and help prepare them for the year that will begin this fall. They won’t necessarily “make or break the season,” Walters noted, but their performances will go a long ways toward determining the success of the team.
Using a different training regimen then his fellow teammates since his freshman year, Walters has made progress to post faster times in his signature events, the 50 and 100 yard freestyles. This offseason he has worked especially hard to improve his technique and “dry-water” workouts and hopes to set personal-bests at meets this year. His previous personal-bests came last year against Florida in the final home meet of the season where he placed second in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.80 seconds and touched the wall in 47.34 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle.
When Walters is out of the pool, he enjoys theater as much as swimming. In looking for a college, Walters was not only looking for a school with an elite aquatics program, but also one with an excellent academic program in the performing arts. UT filled the need for both of Walters’ passions.
A theater major with an emphasis in acting, Walters has found a home in Knoxville. His decision to become a Vol came largely due to several appearances by Trembley at his Indiana high school theater performances. A similarity that Walters finds in both acting and swimming is that he has to “relax his body,” and he believes that being “tense” can be a deterrent during any kind of performance. Whether in the pool or on stage, Walters admits he uses those similarities to work hard towards improvement in both areas.