McDaniel grad to compete in Modern Pentathlon at Olympics
Olympic dreams came true at 5:30 a.m. May 27 when Suzanne Stettinius '11 found out she qualified as one of only three pentathletes representing the U.S. in the London games.
Now the Business Administration major from Parkton, Md., is trying to raise funds to bring her coaches – among them McDaniel swimming coach Jeff Hiestand – and family with her as well as defray the costs she's already accrued for travel to Modern Pentathlon qualifying events all over the world. For more information about fundraising efforts and Stettinius, visit her website here.
"Almost all of my coaches work with me for free," says Stettinius as she prepares for a swimming workout in McDaniel's pool under Hiestand's watchful eye. "It would mean a lot to me to have them share in this experience with me."
Her quest was one of mountains and valleys – she scored well at events and then was sidelined by injury, first a broken collarbone from a horse riding accident and then a pulled hamstring from a fencing lunge that ended in a split. But each time she pushed herself to her limits and was back in the competition.
"I guess when I first heard I had qualified, I was relieved that all this hard work was not for nothing," says the 24-year-old who put training ahead of beach vacations with friends and nights out on the town. "I'm getting really excited now, but can't let up on my training until I leave for London."