SOL Boys/Girls Swimming Notebook (2-2-17)

Swimmers from Neshaminy, CB South & Hatboro-Horsham are featured in this week’s notebook.

National Conference

Anna Le, Neshaminy
Anna Le’s freshman year was a blur.
“I honestly don’t even remember my times from my freshman year,” said Le, now a junior at Neshaminy. “I remember all my times from last year but nothing from my freshman year.”
She is certainly at the top of her game now.
“I had goals last year that I didn’t think I’d make and I made them,” she said. “I dropped so much time, I couldn’t believe it.
“This year I set more goals and I want to drop more time so I go to every morning practice and I’m just doing everything I can to reach those goals.”
Her main event is the 200 individual medley, but she likes freestyle and sprinting.
“I can’t swim the fly and I don’t really like the 500,” she said. “My fly time is slower than my breaststroke time so I think we’ve established that fly is not my stroke. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and I feel that I know mine.”
She is a team captain this year.
“A lot of our team is freshmen and I want to be a leader for those new people,” she said. “I have to set an example and do everything I’m supposed to do because if I don’t do it right then they have no motivation to do it right.”
She is a member of the Science Club, Interact Club and Friends Helping Friends and plans to join the Chess Club. She also does yoga.

Continental Conference

Ben Komita, Central Bucks South
Ben Komita’s swim career got off to a rocky start.
“I went out for swimming when I was five, but I didn’t like having my head underwater,” said Komita, now a junior captain at Central Bucks South.
“The next year, when I was six, I was over that and I’ve been swimming ever since. My older sister Hannah swam and so did my dad so that made me want to do it, too.
“I’ve really enjoyed swimming. I’ve made good friends and I’ve learned a lot.”

His main events are the butterfly and backstroke.
“I really want to get to districts this year,” he said. “I made the consideration time in the fly and I’m hoping to get the automatic.
“I’d also like to see our team do better this year. We’ve reached a lot of the goals that we set for ourselves already so hopefully we can finish strong.
“I’m really excited about next season. We have a very large junior class so we’ll have a lot of people coming back and we have some kids in the classes below us who are fast swimmers so I’m optimistic.”
He hasn’t chosen a college yet but would like to major in ocean engineering. His top choices are Florida Institute of Technology and the Naval Academy.

“If I can, I’d like to swim in college,” he said.
He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which is run by CB South coach Jeff Lake, the Chemistry Club and the National Honor Society.

American Conference

Cameron Fisher, Hatboro-Horsham
Hatboro-Horsham’s Cameron Fisher has been swimming pretty much her entire life.
“I started when I was four so it’s been 14 years,” said Fisher, a senior captain. “My parents belonged to the North Hills Country Club in Glenside so I got into the program there and I just followed it all the way through.
“My older brothers (twins Matthew and Thomas) also swam. They were seniors for Hatboro-Horsham when I was a freshman so that was a nice experience for me, to be swimming in the same program.”
Her sister Sheila is a freshman on the team.
“It’s nice to be able to have her so close to me all the time, with it being my last year before college,” Fisher said. “We have a close relationship and I believe that having her on the swim team has brought us even closer together.”
She is focused on being a team leader.

“I want to do the best I can to show the younger swimmers that if you keep working and pushing yourself you can accomplish what you want to accomplish,” she said. “I would like to see everyone drop time at our SOL meet or districts or states, wherever they’re swimming.
“We’re the type of team that keeps grinding, and right now we’re in the middle of that grind. I’m proud of the effort I’ve seen from everyone. We do things a certain way and it’s important to me as a captain to keep that legacy going.”
In addition to swimming, Fisher was also a four-year member of the girls golf team at Hatboro-Horsham, and was a team captain this year.
She is still undecided on a college but has been accepted by St. Joseph’s and Delaware. She is waiting to her from her top choice, Richmond, and is going in undecided on a major but right now is leaning toward communications.