There’s being a captain on a sports team, and then there’s being a captain on Gannon University’s women’s swim team.
Despite only being on the team for two years, Marysville’s Kelsey McCormick is swimming in that role at the Pennsylvania college. This season that captaincy carries a bit more responsibilities as the former coach resigned just before the year started.
“With everything going on, there were a lot of people coming up to us captains asking questions and looking for advice,” McCormick said. “We responded in a positive way so our team could react to it in a positive way.
“We just got together and continued doing what we should be doing.”
Without a doubt it’s a big spot to be in, especially for McCormick who transferred from Lake Erie College before her junior swim season. Getting to swim at practices or meets allows the stress from out of the pool to disappear, and since she swims the mile freestyle that gives her plenty of water time.
“Once I get into that water, it’s kind of like an escape,” McCormick said. “I get to just focus on the water and my teammates, and it’s kind of like me time and I really do enjoy that a lot because everything can be so stressful until you get to practice.”
Last season McCormick qualified in four events for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships. She also placed 16th at the championships in the mile, and this winter she’s treating that race with intensity.
“I objectively just want to have fun and a really great season,” McCormick said. “I also want to place higher in the mile at conferences while dropping my time. My mile is like my main event, like my baby, so I just want to focus on that event.”