Zarate makes a splash!

Kristina Zarate

Jessica DiBattista ’12

Reporter

   Arms pumping, legs racing, heart zooming, fans waiting. As the final lap was approaching, the passion and drive in one swimmer’s heart was a strong contributing factor in the record-breaking experience that was about to take place.

Christina Zarate ‘15 has been swimming for seven years. While swimming at LCN, she has broken 17 school records: eight records for Varsity, and nine records for freshman/sophomores.

“I started swimming when I was 8 years old,” Zarate said. She swam for a club team named the Lakers, which launched her swimming career into motion.

“Kristina has been such a motivation to all of the team,” Ashley Renock ‘14 said.

Even though this is only Zarate’s second year swimming, she has left her mark on the record boards.

“She contributes to the team immensely between her motivating the other swimmers and her practice habits. She is helping to shape the team into what will hopefully be a great team during the rest of her tenure here at LCN,” swimming Coach Mike Owensby said.

Zarate has broken records this year including the: 200 free, 200 individual melody, and 500 free for Varsity.  And she has broken the records for freshmen/sophomore which are: 200 free, 200 individual melody, 100 fly and 500 free. She has also set the pool record in the 200 individual melody at the Anchor Bay Aquatic Center.

As any motivated player would be, Zarate is always ready to swim no matter what the conditions are.

“I just love the water,” Zarate said.

Zarate loves swimming at LCN she finds it fun and loves all of her teammates.

Balancing school and sports is not an easy task; however, Zarate motivates herself completely while participating in all academic classes. One would think this would be overwhelming, but, Zarate puts grades first.

Although, Zarate’s swimming career ends here at LCN in two years, it does not mean doesn’t have a bright future ahead of her. “I could see her getting a scholarship to swim in college,” Owensby said.