Alumni Spotlight Series: Hannah Feng, Princeton University

 

For four years, Hannah Feng (Reagan Class of 2018) led the Rattler Aquatics women’s team to Gold at the TISCA, District and Region Championships.  She was a 4-year Varsity letterman, a team captain, 8-time NISCA All-American, 2-time Express News Girls’ All-Area Swimmer of the Year, 2-time Region VII Swimmer of the Meet, 4-time 26-6A District Swimmer of the Meet, and captured 2nd place in the 200 Individual Medley at the UIL State Championships, among other accomplishments.  Hannah still holds the school record in the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly and the 200 Medley and 400 Medley relays.

Hannah now competes on Princeton’s Women’s Swimming and Diving team, NCAA Division 1, in New Jersey, specializing in Butterfly and the Individual Medley.  She is in her sophomore year, planning on majoring in Economics and obtaining Certificates in Spanish and Entrepreneurship.  Hannah took time to share with us her thoughts on her high school and college careers.

Q:  What has been your most exciting moment at Princeton?
A:  In college, the most exciting moment was winning this past season’s Ivies Championships. Bret and Robin, our coaches, started at Princeton three years ago, and this was their first win, so that was really exciting because they put in so much work on and off deck. In all honesty, Harvard and Yale are consistently our main rivals, and it was extremely satisfying to beat them.
Q:  What is the biggest difference between competing in high school and in college sports?
A:  As a student-athlete in college, the experience is definitely very different from high school — the biggest contrast is how much more tight knit the team is.  It’s like we all get adopted into a family because we train together, eat meals together, study together, and have fun together.
Q:  What has your experience been like during COVID-19 shutdown?
A:  After COVID-19 hit and we all got sent home, pools everywhere were closed, so I tried to compensate for the lack of swim cardio by doing more dry land workouts. Now, my local outdoor pool is open, so I train every day while also running and doing Zoom workouts with teammates.
Q:  Which Reagan tradition meant the most to you?
A:  My favorite Reagan swim tradition was our beginning-of-the-year party — it was always so fun to see everyone after summer and meet the new kids on the team, as well.
Q:  What is your message to current Rattlers about competing at the next level?
A:  Recruiting is a tough process, but it’s important to think hard about both what kind of program you want to compete/play for and also what kind of school you want to attend. While you figure that out and construct a list of schools that meet your standards, never hesitate to reach out and ask for advice from coaches, mentors, teammates, everyone!

Thank you Hannah and best of luck at Princeton!

You can follow Hannah’s swimming career at Princeton on Instagram at @princetonwsd.