Sortland is coming off a breakthrough high school season, having broken the school record in the 100 breaststroke twice in 2012.
Best summer experience? I went to Indianapolis to the U.S. Junior National meet. I raced there and had a really good time.
What events? I swam in two relays, the 400 medley and the 200 medley, and I swam the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
How did you do? I think I did pretty well. It was hard mentally because it was my first big meet away from home.
Best race? Most of the time my breaststroke is my best, but at that meet it was my 200 IM. It was kind of surprising and really rewarding.
Your impression of the national meet? My first few days there, it was so intimidating. I told my coach I thought I didn’t belong there. But I realized the other swimmers are just normal people who do extraordinary things. It woke me up to reality.
Why do you like the breaststroke? I’ve had the most success with it. It’s such a personal stroke. It’s hard to coach, but I love that it’s a powerful stroke.
Role models? Professionally, it’s [Olympic champion] Missy Franklin. I got to meet her two years ago and found out how cool she was. She acts like your best friend. Personally, it’s my older sister Britta. She’s a swimmer, too. If I have a problem, I ask her: “What did you do?”