Senior Carmen Arnold has had a successful career as a Creekside “Swiminole”. She is preparing to compete in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle at the GHSA State Swimming and Diving Meet this week. Carmen also qualified in four other events, but will stick with her favorite stroke at the state meet. As her career at Creekside is coming to an end, she reminisced about her start in swimming. She began competing seven years ago with a gentle nudge from home. “At first, Mom made me swim, but I’ve grown to love it,” she said. Her experience is a major reason why the swim program has grown and, in her words, “this year has been the best.”
While Carmen is weighing her options for competing collegiately, she has some advice for her “Swiminole” teammates who will return to the pool next season. “Keep practicing,” she said. “It’s not about what place you come in. It’s about your times and if you did your best.” The Tribe wishes her well at the state meet and we look forward to seeing which college gets the privilege of adding a true scholar-athlete to its swim program.