One of the top swimmers in the MAC, senior Brittney
Kuras from Canandaigua, N.Y., might also rank among the most
intimidating, thanks to her pre-race ritual. While swimmers are
known for doing strange things before a race begins, they tend to
keep it low-key. Kuras, by contrast, steps up to the block and
repeatedly pounds her hands on it, sending a reverberating
thunder-like peal around the natatorium.
How do her competitors feel about the noise? “I’ve
had people come up to me after a race and say, ‘That’s
really scary,’” says Kuras. “I was doing my
routine at one meet, and this girl just turned and screamed at
Kuras got the idea for her pre-race routine when she was watching the Olympics on television as a kid and saw a swimmer do something similar. Fair or not, it seems to be working for her—she was voted the MAC’s Most Outstanding Swimmer in both 2012 and 2011.