It takes stamina, skill and strength to succeed as a distance swimmer, characteristics Elizabeth Boeckman has displayed for her Stamford-based Chelsea Piers Connecticut Athletic Club Swim Club squad.
Soon, Boeckman, a Greenwich resident, will showcase her knack for outlasting most of her competitors in the water at the collegiate level.
Boeckman, a King senior, recently announced that she will continue her swimming career at Princeton University.
The Division I, Ivy League-bound Boeckman is primed to soon start her next swim chapter.
“As soon as I stepped on campus and I caught that feeling, I knew Princeton was the school for me,” Boeckman said. “My most recent visit there was an overnight stay, so I went to some classes and all the professors seemed really engaged and positive. I also like the balance between academics and athletics the school offers.”
Coached by Bret Lundgaard, Princeton went 9-3 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League last season and this winter the Tigers currently have an 8-2 mark (4-1 in the Ivy League).
“I want to really make a difference at Princeton,” said Boeckman, who envisions herself swimming the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events, as well as the 1-mile, at Princeton. “I’m really looking forward to the team aspect of competing at the collegiate level. “The dynamic of the Ivy League is great and I’m for the big league meets and to get to know the girls on the team really well.”
Born in London, England, Boeckman moved to Greenwich with her family shortly before her 16th birthday. Upon arriving in the U.S. she began her sophomore year of high school at King.
“My time at King has been amazing,” she said. “I’ve made good friends and have enjoyed the student and teacher bond. The school has been very supportive and has always helped me if I ever had to miss school for swim meets — the teachers have always made an effort to meet with me. I’ve enjoyed attending King so much.”
Boeckman began swimming as an 8-year-old in London, England for Chelsea Westminster Swim Club.
“When I was really young, I did swim lessons and felt really comfortable in the water,” she said. “I decided to try out for Chelsea/Westminster and I fell in love with the sport.”
From Chelsea to Chelsea — Boeckman left the Chelsea club overseas when her family moved to Greenwich., then joined Chelsea Piers Athletic Club Swimming in Stamford.
In one of her most recent meets for Chelsea Piers — the Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., — Boeckman placed third in her age group in the A finals of the 1-mile event and was fourth in the B finals in the 500-yard freestyle.
“Swimming at Chelsea Piers has been tremendous for me,” Boeckman said. “They helped me adjust to a new culture when I first moved here. Swimming with this group that works really hard each day is amazing and the coaches are so supportive and motivating.”
Indeed, the Princeton-bound Boeckman knows she made the right choice in selecting swimming as her sport.
“Swimming has given me discipline, helped me with time management and has allowed me to become (a) motivated individual,” she said. “Because of it, I try hard in everything I do.”