Why did you choose what you did on your custom piece? Can you walk us through each one?
We’d love to know more about your time as a Badger! Are there any defining moments or special memories you have on the team?
My time as a badger has been nothing short of special. Going into college I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I can’t deny that I struggled a bit my freshman year. This team is like a family to me and I’m so grateful for them. Not only that but Wisconsin has brought me some of my best friends that I know I will be with forever.
As a national champion, do you have any advice for younger swimmers?
I would say that you make sure you love what you do. There have definitely been times where I’ve wanted to quit but I just remember that there are always going to be hard times but then you are going to be met with goals you’ve been wanting to achieve. If you are truly having fun, then those rough patches are going to be easier to get through.
We’ve seen the advocacy work you’ve done around health care and mental health, is this something you see yourself going into and continuing in the long run?
I definitely want to continue advocating for mental health. By sharing my story, I hope to help people know they are not alone, but in a way, it helps me. The responses I get are truly inspiring and help me know I am doing something to help others. With that being said I want to enter a job in the health field. I’m not exactly sure what yet, but I want to continue to help the community in any way I can.
What is your favorite food or restaurant to eat in Madison?
My favorite restaurant has to be Vintage. It’s such a cute little place where my friends and I will go. I love sitting on the outside patio and crochet while eating some really good cheese curds.
See more of Paige's athletic career, fashion sense, and advocacy work on her IG @paigemckennaaaa.