Seniors Reflect on Their Athletic Careers Before College

April 25, 2017

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Photo Credit: Camille Opp/Achona Online

Spike and Splash is one of the most attended games at AHN and is full of school spirit for all of the athletes.

Many girls have played a sport all throughout high school and have to decide where they want to take their athletic career in the future. Playing in college is like a job and many girls decide that they want to focus on their academic studies and not have to worry about juggling a sport at the same time. Some of these seniors reflect on their favorite memories and parts of their sport below.

Gabbie Ragano (Crew)

Q: What made you decide you did not want to continue your athletic career in college?

 A: “I decided not to continue crew in college because of the time commitment.  I want to study architecture which is a huge time commitment as well, so I thought it would be too much. I also injured my shoulder so it really was not a good idea for me to continue rowing.”

Q: What was the hardest part about playing your sport?

A: “The hardest part about crew is that it is every single day for hours and it is really strenuous on your body.”

Q: How long have you been doing your sport?

A: “I have been rowing for four years.”

Q: What is your favorite memory out of all the years of playing your sport?

A: “I have enjoyed getting to know my team members and getting to travel with them to cool places.”

Q: How did you balance school and your sport?

A: “It is really difficult to balance but it has made me really good at multi-tasking and using my time wisely.”

 

Ragano and teammate Keri Kelly were able to win a state championship. Photo Credits: Gabbie Ragano (used with permission)

Ashley Lambert (Volleyball)

Q: What made you decide you did not want to continue your athletic career in college?

A: “Playing in college is such a commitment and I did not like the idea of having to get up really early to go practice and then get yelled at by a coach.”

Q: What was the hardest part about playing your sport?

A: “The hardest part was having to do sprints when we were doing bad.”

Q: How long have you been doing your sport?

A: “I have been playing volleyball since I was 12.”

Q: What is your favorite memory out of all the years of playing your sport?  

A: “My favorite memory is just in between games at tournaments because we would always do crazy things.”

Q: How did you balance school and your sport?

A: “It was hard to balance school and volleyball, but I’m a procrastinator so being super busy made me get my work done and not procrastinate.”

 

One of Lambert’s favorite parts of the season this year was senior night. Photo Credit: Ashley Lambert (used with permission)

Alyssa Muir (Basketball)

Q: What made you decide you did not want to continue your athletic career in college?

A: “The competition is very intense in basketball and do not think I am at that level.”

Q: What was the hardest part about playing your sport?

A: “The hardest part was the amount of running we sometimes had to do.”

Q: How long have you been doing your sport?

A: “I have been playing since third grade and I have been on the high school team since eighth grade.”

Q: What is your favorite memory out of all the years of playing your sport?

A: “My favorite memory was winning our Christmas tournament in Sophomore year and also all the great friendships I have made with my teammates over the years.”

Q: How did you balance school and your sport?  

A: “I always tried to work ahead on my school work.”

 

Alyssa was one of the players who took the tip off at the beginning of the game. Photo Credit: Alyssa Muir/Achona Online.

Mary Kate Urbanski (Swimming)

Q: What made you decide you did not want to continue your athletic career in college?

A: “I did not want to continue swimming in college because it is a lot of work and I just want to have fun. Plus the only schools I would be able to swim at are Division Three and I was not interested in any of them.”

Q: What was the hardest part about playing your sport?

A: “The hardest part about swimming is the time commitment because we practice for two and a half hours, six days a week, so it can get pretty time consuming. Also practice is just really hard in general since we swim a lot of yardage.”

Q: How long have you been doing your sport?

A: “I have been swimming for six years.”

Q: What is your favorite memory out of all the years of playing your sport?

A: “My favorite memory is at States this year when we got second place and everything was so crazy and I was really proud of everyone who did so well.”

Q: How did you balance school and your sport?

A: “I had to find ways to get some homework done between the end of school and the start of swimming and I did a lot of work in study hall. It helped me be better at time management.”

 

One of Urbanski’s favorite parts of swimming was meeting some of her best friends. Photo Credit: Mary Kate Urbanski (used with permission)

Kate Scanlan (Swimming)

Q: What made you decide you did not want to continue your athletic career in college?

A: “I decided not to continue my sport in college due to the fact that I only participated on my high school team and not at a competitive club team level.”

Q: What was the hardest part about playing your sport?

A: “The hardest part was the sprint laps,  because I do not kick as fast some of my teammates, and it was hard at times for me to keep up because I liked swimming distance at a constant pace. Also, running the bridge the few times I did was pretty hard.”

Q: How long have you been doing your sport?

A: “I have been swimming for nine years.”

Q: What is your favorite memory out of all the years of playing your sport?

A: “My favorite memory was one year, after every meet, Zoe Cuva and I, during our team warm down, instead of swimming laps we would swim underwater and be so weird and go into the diving end. It made it more fun since it was night time.”

Q: How did you balance school and your sport?

A: “I balanced school and swim by doing my homework right after I got home from swim rather than doing it in between school and swim.”

 

Scanlan’s favorite race to compete in was that backstroke relay. Photo Credit: Kate Scanlan (used with permission)

 

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