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Feature Friday: Senior Colin Russel swims to success

Nathan Kim

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For Senior Colin Russel, swimming has always been one of few things he has found true passion in. It was this passion that guided him during the swimming and diving team’s recent game at the Don Andersen Classic, of which they were victorious.

Even before joining the swim team, Russel had already found an interest in the water. “I’ve been swimming since I was seven, so for ten years total. It’s helped me a lot to stay in shape, make new friends, and even help get my first job at the Olympic Pool,” Russel said.

Being one of the three captains on the varsity swim team, Russel has come to learn valuable lessons in teamwork and synergy, both being essential for a team to be efficient when competing. “When you’re swimming with the guys, you need a sort of connection to make sure everything goes well,” Russel said.

“Every swimmer is separated into different lanes,” Russel said.  “You need to coordinate with different people to be successful. You still need to interact with the team, even if you aren’t in their specific lane.”

Even when the team encounters some challenging situations, Russel finds a way to persevere and even encourage his teammates to push forward. “One of the main challenges has always been the extremely close races, with there usually being a point second difference. Before big meets, I usually try to give a good speech to rouse some motivation. I try to add emphasis and power to it, so everyone on the team gets excited and ready to win,” Russel said.

Even after such an achievement, Russel shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, he seems even more eager for what the future has in store for him. “I want to continue swimming, since it’s been such a big part of my life, and it’s a good way to keep in shape and stay connected with my friends,” Russel said.

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Nathan Kim, Opinions Editor

Senior Nathan Kim is an opinions editor for The Correspondent and has served on staff since 2015.

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