In other words, she is a truly elite aquatic athlete and student – a true water woman. Cecilia is also extremely articulate. In a recent discussion we had about the importance of water quality, here is some of what she had to say:
“When you swim, you’re taking your breathing right at the water’s surface. So you’re inhaling anything that coming off the surface of the water, and you become very sensitive to it. Being from the northeast, I’ve swam almost exclusively in indoor pools my entire life and you learn how important air quality is. And that’s really true for swimmers who spend hours and hours exposed to the air and water quality doing all this strenuous exercise. If you’re having issues breathing because the air is so bad, it’s a huge problem that can really impact how you feel about just getting in the water, and it can definitely have a negative impact on your performance.
“As a swimmer you want to feel smooth in the water, you want to feel like there’s less resistance. I’m not sure about the composition of water exactly, but I do know that when I’m in a pool with great water, everything seems easier, whereas in pools that obviously have water-quality issues, sometimes it feels like you’re swimming in mud. Sometimes it’s disgusting and you can’t wait to get out, and when you do, you feel dirty. I’m sure a lot of that is psychological, but I do believe there’s more to it than that. I know that when I’m in a pool that’s well maintained, I do perform better and feel better about being in the water. I always know the difference.”
I asked Cecilia how she felt swimming in the pool at the Kenny household, which is based entirely on the HydroZone 3® concept of pool design and water quality treatment, and she said:
“You can tell the difference just by looking at it. Underwater it’s like you’re seeing everything in high definition. When I got out, I felt cleaner than when I got in. It’s the best water I’ve ever experienced.”
To hear more of Cecilia’s insightful comments, watch the video below.