MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - At the midway point in her junior season with the Mountaineers, Julie Ogden
feels that although this year’s team may only have two seniors, everyone does their part to lead whether it be inside or outside the pool.
“I think the leadership on this team is a combination of all of us working together. Everyone brings their own strengths to the table,” said Ogden. “I’m definitely a more vocal leader, Jenelle (Zee) leads in the water, Eva (Burlingham) leads in the water as well as vocally and Hayley (Kidd) leads in just about every aspect between school and support of teammates.”
Ogden, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., is a double major in psychology and criminology, but still finds a strong balance between her work in the classroom and her work in the pool, earning spots on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.
“Sometimes balancing school and swimming is tough, but sometimes it can be easy. It all depends on the workload,” said Ogden “I think in terms of the course load, having two majors is similar to having multiple minors. I just have to do more courses.”
Ogden, who took second place in the 200 fly and fifth place in the 100 fly at the Big 12 Championships last year is looking to improve on her strong finishes.
“I definitely want to do better than I did last year. Last year at the Big 12 Championships the whole team did well,” Ogden said. “I just want to take what I did last year and expand significantly on that. The work that we’ve been doing makes that a possibility.”
While she definitely wants to improve on her individual performance this season, she also knows that although the women’s team may have a lot of youth, they also have a lot of potential to post strong times in the second half of their season.
“Right out of the gate a lot of the freshmen and some of the sophomores knew that even though this could be considered a learning year, they realized that they have to work even harder,” said Ogden. “Everyone has been on board since page one, but understanding how much on board you have to be is important.”
While she still has one year left in the pool and two majors to complete, Ogden also has high aspirations for her future career.
“I am planning on going to graduate school for clinical psychology. After that I’ll just work from there and see where I can take that,” said Ogden. “With my background in criminology I would want to be a psychologist that can be used in criminal trials.”