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SARA FETTER

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Tunkhannock Area senior Sara Fetter won two individual events and was a leg on a winning relay team to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 95-83 victory at Wyoming Valley West. Fetter won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle and was also part of the first-place 200 freestyle relay team in Tunkhannock’s fifth victory of the season . For her accomplishments, Fetter has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.

Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 17, Tunkhannock

Family: Paul, father; Mary, mother.

Athletes I admire: (Swimmer) Dara Torres

Favorite Movie: “Top Gun” and “The Hunt for Red October”

Favorite TV show: “NCIS”

Favorite food: Pizza and ice cream

Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “My family, my friends and my teammates, past and present.”

Biggest role model: “My parents. My dad supports me and helps me with my swimming and my mom holds down the fort at home.”

Post-graduation plans: “I am planning on going to college and swim in college.”

Superstitions or rituals: “Before I get on the block I shake myself out and stretch and do some breathing exercises to get ready.”

What are some of your goals for this season? “I wanted to have a great season and have fun with my team, and have my whole team go to districts.”

Have you taken more of a leadership role as a senior? “As team captain, I try to help make sure everyone is prepared during practices and meets and get everyone pumped up. Really just make sure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do. The size of the team has definitely changed and we have more of a variety of swimmers and different mind sets.”

Did you work on anything specific to get ready for the season? “I’ve been focusing more on my 500 freestyle and trying to make it better and faster.”

How would you describe your swimming style for the 500 free? “In the beginning, I try to hold a steady pace, then try to increase my speed once I get to the halfway point. At the end, I give it all that I’ve got and don’t think, I just push through.”

What is your mind set like when getting ready for a race? “I try to approach my races clear-minded and calm. I always try to swim for PRs, but sometimes I’ll be looking to beat the person next to me depending on the school or team.”

How does it feel after a meet when you’ve won all four of your races? “It’s a great feeling when my team ends up getting a win and that I helped with that winning.”

Is there a meet you’ve enjoyed the most so far this season? “The Wyoming Valley West meet was actually pretty fun, I went against a girl who really was very fun to race against. She had great sportsmanship and we had a good time talking before and after the meet.”

What are you most looking forward to at districts? “Hanging around the team and being on the pool deck cheering them on. I also look forward to racing against people that will help me push myself to beat my PRs, and the fancy tech suits we all wear.”

What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “It has to be the water and being around people that I’m friends with. I get along really well with my teammates.”