Joy Bunting Relishes New Role and New Season

Sept. 20, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. – One of the most higher achieving varsity sports at KU is women’s swimming and diving. Joy Bunting, a senior swimmer for the Jayhawks, has experienced nothing less than success while at KU. Swimming is a year-round commitment, and the 2010-11 season will get going in a few weeks when the team holds its annual alumni meet in Robinson Natatorium on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.

Bunting, who now competes in the individual medley and breaststroke for Kansas, has been swimming around the pool since the age of nine years old. “I have been a part of club swimming and have been doing two-a day-practices since I was 12 years old,” she said.

With limited meets and competitions available, it is important for a swimmer to continuously be competing at the highest level. Bunting said, “I want to do well in all of the meets, but the Big 12 (Conference meet) is definitely the hardest one. There is a lot of energy and having the whole team there, it is definitely good to peak there and do well there.”

One of the most difficult feats to accomplish is to leave a legacy at an institution such as the University of Kansas. However, Bunting, a 2010-11 KU captain, has no trouble in outlining her personal goals for this year. She said, “I definitely want to compete at the highest level and do well in school. I also want to leave a legacy on the swim team so that when I leave I can come back and see that it is still here.” In her junior campaign, Bunting boasted several personal records in breast stroke, her strongest event. She also posted 29 points by herself at the conference championships. Joy will proudly serve as a team captain for the 2010-2011 season.

Besides working out in the pool for several hours a day, Bunting also enjoys many other extra-curricular activities. She explained her work in the community as well as with her teammates, “I do Midwest student ministries, I help out with the youth group at Morning Star Church, and do bible study with the swim and dive team and the track team. I am involved with Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC is getting to know all of the other athletes. My teammate Shannon Garlie is an executive council member.”

When looking at colleges, the Greeley, Colo., native chose to attend KU mainly because of the swimming and diving program. “When I was on my recruiting trip, I saw how the teammates and coaches interacted. It wasn’t that far from home.” she said.

Every once in awhile, Bunting likes to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Lawrence area. Her favorite thing about the quaint college town is the variety of restaurants and the culture on Massachusetts Street.

Following her final season of eligibility for KU in 2010-11, Bunting will be sticking around Lawrence for another year working hard to receive her diploma. After graduation, her future plans are still up in the air. She has an inkling to go into the ministry but is not too sure what that entails. “I do not know what the plan is, I am just going to wait for it.”

One thing Joy is sure of in her long tenure here at KU is her devotion to religion and that working inside athletics. Seeing miracles in other people everyday gives her more and more inspiration. Joy is all about the success of her team mates through this outlook of life understands things in a whole new way.