DURHAM, N.C. -- Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior Eneka Lamb to learn more about the Hong Kong, China native.
GoDuke.com: Name your three favorite things about being a student-athlete at Duke.
Eneka Lamb: My team – I didn’t realize how much I wanted a family and I was so lucky to find that when I came to Duke. We have a really special bond. I consider them my brothers and sisters, and we’re very close since we spend so much time together. The CAPE Program – that’s one of the reasons why I decided to come to Duke. It’s an invaluable opportunity. The connections I’ve made and the things I’ve learned about myself and about being a female in medicine have been really good for me. The third, school spirit. That’s something I didn’t really have in high school. I was really lucky that I decided to come to a school with such a strong sense of spirit and pride.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite competition-related memory?
EL: When I look back to freshman year, every single meet was so much fun for me. [Before coming to Duke], I’d never swam yards before, I’d never competed in the U.S., I’d never had a dual meet. I was very excited about everything. I really lived in the moment every single meet freshman year … Sometimes when I get caught up in times, I try to bring myself back to that place.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite memory away from the pool?
EL: Our training trips. It’s one of the greatest weeks of the year in terms of bonding and pushing yourself to a place where you didn’t think you could go. We’re literally broken down – it’s 10 days of doubles every day.
GoDuke.com: Name some foods that you couldn’t live without.
EL: Yogurt, apples, chocolate and cheese.
GoDuke.com: Describe head coach Dan Colella in three words.
EL: Process, quirky and passionate. He definitely loves swimming and he puts his heart and soul into it.
GoDuke.com: Name three of your favorite restaurants in Durham.
EL: Blue Corn on Ninth Street, Elmo’s and Cuban Revolution.
GoDuke.com: Are there any swimmers you model yourself after?
EL: Swimming internationally, I didn’t really know a lot of famous American or international swimmers. But I really wanted to be like my mom – my mom swam in college too. She was really the only female swimmer I knew and I really looked up to her.
GoDuke.com: Name three things you would like to do in the next 10 years?
EL: Get my medical degree, live somewhere internationally where I’ve never been before and I’d like to come back for our five or 10 year reunion. I’ve never been closer to anybody than I have with the people in my swim class … I think I really owe it to myself and owe it to them to keep in touch.