Elena Schneider

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Northwestern University senior Taylor Reynolds, 22, has no plans after she graduates this June. The NCAA championship swimmer said she has been so committed to her sport that she’s spent little time thinking about life after her athletic career.

“I have no idea what I’m doing,” Reynolds, a St. Louis, Mo. native. “I’ve been applying to a few jobs, and I’ve had a few interviews, but I’m just going to see what opportunities come my way. It’s been stressful."

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For years, Jenny Wilson set her alarm clock for 4:11 a.m. She rose before the sun so she could be in the pool by 4:45 a.m., a routine that started in the sixth grade. When she started swimming for Northwestern University in 2008, she was out of bed by 5:21 a.m.

Those early practices paid off. Wilson set school records in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. She competed at the 2012 NCAA championship meet and in the 2012 Olympic trials. As a senior, she was first-team All American. Her name is etched on a plaque that hangs on the wall by the Northwestern pool.