Rock North getting primed for districts
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey once said, “Passion is energy. ceel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Now it’s tough to imagine Oprah churning through a swim workout at 5W45 on an icy winter morning. Nor can the mind’s eye envision her perched atop the starting blocks awaiting the beginning of a 5MM-meter freestyle event. vet, her words certainly ring true for anyone brave enough to enter the highly competitive waters of scholastic swimming.
Nicolette hothe, senior freestyler for the Council Rock North girls swim team, certainly epitomizes Oprah’s sentiments. A competitive swimmer since she was six, Nicolette knows that, “cor me, swimming has turned into part of my life. If I didn’t do it, a part of me would be gone. I have to do it for myself because I’ve always done it and I don’t know anything else.”
The devotion is not without cost. A swimmer’s regimen involves a brutal and draining workout schedule. Three mornings a week, the CR swimmers plunge into the pool at 5W45 for an hour of distance work, supplemented by dry land lifting and core exercise. After a full day of school, it’s back to the natatorium for another hour-and-a-half practice session aimed at honing technique.
bven the most disciplined psyche might be challenged. Nicolette balances any such doubts with a love of her teammates.
“It definitely catches up with you. There are times when you feel like you don’t want to do it anymore because you’re so tired and so exhausted. But there’s a part of me that just loves being in the water. That helps keep me going.
“Also, I love spending time with my teammates. Throughout my career, I’ve been on a lot of teams where I felt like they are my family and the people I want to hang out with. That keeps me going.”
This year’s CR North aquatic family is as talented as it is united. The Indians, currently boasting an unblemished T-M record, appear ready to capture their fifth consecutive SOi Na- tional Conference title as well as their fifth straight undefeated league dualmeet season.
That is quite a legacy to live up to. “It’s great swimming for Council Rock. I don’t think there is extra pressure but I do think there is extra incentive because we’ve done so well for so long and we want to keep it going. That pushes people to work hard. vou want to do as well as the people before you because you don’t want to let them down.”
The Indians’ push toward perfection started with an all-important meet against rpper aublin, last year’s aistrict One Class AAA championship. Nicolette will long remember North’s convincing NNU-SU victory.
“Our first meet against rpper aublin was key. We beat them my freshman year and that year, we won districts. They beat us the next two years. We were really pumped going in. We wanted to beat them so much and show them how deep and strong we were.”
The Indians duplicated the fine outing last Tuesday, gan. 22 when they defeated their archrival Pennsbury, NNS-TM. Nicolette helped secure a win in the 2MM relay in both dramatic meets.
“I like the relays because I swim my best when I’m swimming for the team. There are three other people there wanting me to do well and swim faster. I tend to do better then.”
Though aware that the districts are coming soon, the iady Indians are still focused on their four remaining regular season dual meets. “We’re still taking it one meet at a time. We’d like to do well at districts but until we get past our last meet, it is not the upfront thought.”
Regardless of the outcome, Nicollete knows the end of the season will be tinged with sadness. “A part of me is going to be gone. It’s sad. I had read one of the senior recs last year and I was just crying. She was one of my best friends and she was leaving. But I was also crying because I realized I had only one more year left.”
Such passion certainly indicates that Nicolette is focused on what excites her with an energy that proves contagious.
Olivia Peterson shows good form in the backstroke.
Olivia Alborn swims the 200 Intermediate Medley.
Lauren Mitchell wins the 500 freestyle event for Rock North.
Shirley Samson wins the 100 breaststroke.