Matarangi Swimmer Making Ripples Overseas

Written by on May 28, 2020

20 year old Matarangi swimmer, Ella Tomkins, was awarded Freshman Of The Year after a very successful first year at McDaniel College, Maryland, USA.

Ayana caught up with Ella today about how COVID has impacted her, what US college life is like, and the hardest part of it all.

Ella said it is really busy and she is swimming HEAPS, but it is also tricky getting used to the vocabulary.

“A lot of people over there don’t understand me and what I say. So I have to check myself constantly that I’m using American English rather than New Zealand English.”

Listen to the full interview below to learn more about a training camp that was “probably the hardest thing I [Ella] have ever done.”

Follow Ella’s progress yourself on her sports Facebook page.

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