Feb. 21, 2001
Feb. 21, 2001
By Jason Leturmy, FSU Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Recently I sat down with FSU swimming senior and men’s team co-captain Greg Main-Baillie, a native of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and talked to him about this year’s team, the season and life in general. Main-Baillie has had an exceptional year finishing first in 22 individual events, including the 50, 100, and 200 Freestyle events and the 100 and 200 Backstroke. He was named ACC Swimmer of the Week in October for his outstanding performance against Georgia Tech and is currently ranked first in the ACC in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke with times of 44.25 and 49.37, respectively. Main-Baillie and the rest of the men’s swimming and diving team head to the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia this week and action will begin on Thursday, February 22, 2001.
What did you do in the off-season to prepare for this year?
“Well, I stayed in Tallahassee this summer and took classes. I trained with Coach Harper and Michelle (Gacio) for the Region’s Meet in Athens, Ga. I just kept working hard and preparing myself for the upcoming season.”
What motivated you to work so hard over the summer?
“What motivated me was knowing that if I came back out of shape, I would get my butt kicked. It’s not fun getting into season form when you are out of shape. Definitely staying in shape this summer was a necessity for me.”
What do you attribute your success to this season?
“Staying in shape this summer was a huge key. Any success in swimming is attributed to a good basic training.”
What do you hope to accomplish for the remainder of the season, especially at ACC’s?
“With my standing so far in the 50 and 100 Freestyle in the ACC, I feel pretty confident to earn victories. We will have to wait and see what happens in the 100 Backstroke. Right now I am in the sort of shape and swimming the speed that should be good enough to qualify for the NCAA’s. If I don’t, then that’s just par for the course.”
What are some goals you look to set in the future, both academically and with your swimming?
“After I graduate, I will look for employment in the United States. I am not looking to head home for awhile. In regards to my swimming, I am going to retire indefinitely up until I feel I am really missing it. Then I will try and make a slight comeback and see where that leads me.”
Why did you want to become a swimmer?
“I think I was crazy — no, no just kidding. It is more individualistic than any other sport out there. It is the kind of sport that I could do and receive the enjoyment out of doing it myself.”
Do you see yourself as the leader of the men’s team?
“Any team will rely on its seniors for experience. I try and lead as best as I can and lead by example. I enjoy the fact of getting the team together before a big meet and getting them pumped up and excited.”
If there was one word to describe you, what would it be and why?
“I really don’t have one word that best describes me. I enjoy being happy and energetic all the time. I just try and have fun and make the most out of every situation.”
Who do you admire the most in life?
“My mom and dad. They have always been there and have given me everything they possibly could. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.”
Is there an athlete you admire the most?
“There isn’t one person I worship or think is incredible. But any athlete who has taken the time to get to the top of their sport and achieve what they want to do is something I admire the most. The obvious guts, determination and perseverance are all key factors that will help you get to the top in your world.”
Talk about your background and being from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
“It is a lot like Tallahassee. It is filled with small city lifestyle, where everyone knows everybody. It has been nice having local swimmers on the team. That in itself has made it feel like home.”
If you weren’t swimming, what would you be doing?
“I would definitely be playing some sort of sport be it water polo, rugby or cricket. I would still want to stay in shape and stay somewhere near the water.”