Durfee Swimmer Makes Waves

 

Jane O'Brien '15

Staff Reporter

10/22/13

 

At 4:45 in the morning, Seacoast swimmer Caroline Batista’s alarm clock goes off. There is no time for hitting the snooze button, morning practice starts in fifteen minutes. She grabs her swim bag and school bag and heads out the door. Her 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM weekday has begun.

Batista dives into her first race at the USA Swimming Sectional Meet in Florida.

                         -Photo courtesy of Caroline Batista 

Caroline Batista, holding the title of captain as a junior, speaks of her experience with swim with a light in her eyes. “I hated it at first. I was seven years old when I started taking swimming lessons at the Fall River YMCA.” She claims that she was better at soccer and liked it better but her school records tell us different.

Batista’s parents originally sent her to take swim lessons because her mom didn’t learn how to swim as a child. “She didn’t want her kids to go through life not knowing how to swim.” Within her first year of swimming, the advanced swimmer won seventh place at the New England Championship. “That seventh place medal it still sitting up on my wall with the rest of my other medals and trophies.” , reminiscences Batista.

The Seacoast Swimming Association Team was the next jump for Batista. Seacoast offers year round training and produces nationally ranked swimmers. “Seacoast is more of an individual competitive team where as in high school, it’s mostly a team sport.” Batista further states. Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays Seacoast requires a morning swim practice.  “I have to get up at four forty five just to make it to practice.”, she says in a disconsolate tone. Seacoast has given her more opportunities than she could have ever imagined. Florida, Boston, Vermont, and New York are only a few places Batista has traveled to with her Seacoast team. “We’re all like a family because we spend so much time together.”

Batista’s favorite stroke to compete with is the breaststroke were as the backstroke is her least favorite. “The backstroke has just never come easy to me. It just doesn’t feel natural.” The swimmer explains Breaststroke may be Batista’s favorite but freestyle has been proven to be her best. As a freshman, Batista broke the Durfee record for the 500m freestyle previously held by Emma Santoro.

The record holding swimmer hopes to one day swim for the Boston University swim team. Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin has been an inspiring figure to Batista throughout her swimming endeavors. Swim has been a rock for her to fall back on. “It has helped me shape who I am. It has taught me how to be a strong leader and how to work for something I really want.” Durfee swim is not the last time you will hear that Caroline Batista is making a splash in the pool.