Where Are They Wednesday with 2012 Swimming Alumna Paulina Ziolek

Name: Paulina Ziolek
Sport: Swimming
Year of Gradation: 2012
Major: International Relations


Where do you currently work and what do you do?

I am an assistant coach (for swimming) at North Carolina State University. My goals every day are to graduate student-athletes, win National Titles and build confidence in all of my swimmers.

What is your favorite Tufts memory?

Placing second in the 200 freestyle relay my senior year (at the NESCAC meet)! It was the first time in my four years Tufts has gotten into the top two for relays and was an incredibly exciting way to start the meet. And I'll never forget the women's training trip to Puerto Ricco!

How has the Tufts community helped in your professional life since graduating?

If I ever meet a Tufts graduate in the real world, I know immediately that they are my type of person. It's an unexplainable bond that all Jumbos are connected through. Being a swimmer at Tufts, I learned how to succeed by surrounding myself with the best people and that's something I convey to my student-athletes on a daily basis. Find your people and love them with everything you've got.


Ziolek joined the NC State swimming and diving staff in August 2018 as an assistant coach. She had previous Division I coaching stints at Penn State and Texas. A native of Londonderry, N.H., Ziolek swam at Tufts from 2008 to 2012. She garnered all-conference honors during her senior year and was named CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honorable Mention that same year. She was part of the school-record foursome in the 200-yard freestyle relay for many years until that mark was recently broken, and her 50-yard freestyle time (23.60) ranks No. 9 overall in her alma mater's history. Ziolek graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and was a five-time Dean's List honoree.


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