Swimming is in the blood for Dover grad Janosky


Indiana University of Pennsylvania swimmer Aniella Janosky found herself in the pool at 3 years old.

Growing up with her father, Rich, who coached high school swimming at Dover, Janosky and her two siblings were always around the sport.

She and her sister, Christina, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate, swam together at IUP during the 2013-2014 season.

"Being on a team with my sister was really special because we are insanely close," the Dover High School graduate said.

The moment that stands out to her most was when her sister and she both made it to the NCAA Championships and became All-Americans.

"She had her race right before mine, became an All-American, and then I did 20 minutes later," Janosky said.

"I hate to say it, but I didn't care that much about me because I was a freshman. It was her senior year and first time making nationals. I get very excited for my sister, so when she did that I wasn't focused on what I was doing. That day stands out to me.

"I got to be in so many relays with her, and I think we broke three records together."

Busy schedule: The IUP swim teams practice twice a day, fives day per week and once on Wednesdays.

A schedule like that seems like it would cause some problems with school work. However, Janosky said it actually helps her concentrate on school work as an accounting and finance major.

"It's just one of those things where you may only have an hour of free time in a day, so if you want to get anything done, you have to do it during that time," Janosky said.

"There are times when you just want to be a normal college student and relax and sleep in until noon, but swimming is definitely worth it."

Relationships are special: Janosky, a junior, said that the relationships she has built with her teammates and coaches through swimming are the best part of going through the grueling schedule.

"Head coach Chris Villa and I get along really well," she said.

"He's a goofball, and I'm the kind of person who needs that. I don't do well with a stringent coach. He is intense in the sense that he wants you to perform, but he knows that everyone is an individual and certain people have to be talked to harder. And then there are people like me who don't really respond to that."

In the pool: Janosky competes in the butterfly and freestyle races. She said her favorite event is the 200 fly, which is a longer race, and it allows her to chill out in the beginning.

During a race, workout or practice, Janosky becomes extremely competitive, but she is not usually like that out of the pool.

"It's just my personality in swimming," Janosky said. "I do so much better when I am behind the blocks just relaxing or when my coach will have me laughing before a race."

Getting healthy: At this point in the season, Janosky's goals are to get healthy after having knee surgery in July.

She was allowed to walk starting in September, and she has only been in the pool for a couple of weeks.

By the end of the fall semester, she hopes to be back at full strength and make a run at the NCAA Championships in the spring.

— Reach Pat Crossan at P.J.Crossan@iup.edu.