Jake Maier '17 | October 2, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
One of the world's most prolific swimmers, Ian Thorpe - a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist, once gave a definition of losing:
"Losing is not coming in second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I've won every race I've been in."
Like the great "Thorpedo," senior swimmer Courtney Whyte has also won every race, whether it is in the pool, in the classroom or across international borders. Relentless dedication and willingness to push limits have molded a walk-on freshman with an uncertain future into a fierce national competitor, team captain and a beacon of hope for some of the most destitute people in the world.
Whyte arrived in South Bend in the fall of 2011 as a preferred walk-on on the swim team, meaning that she had a spot on the team, but that was all she was guaranteed.
"I felt as though I had something to prove because of my lack of athletic scholarship," Whyte says. "The moment I stepped foot on the Notre Dame campus, I was on a mission to prove my ability and potential."