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Freshman swimmer already making great strides


“Christina is amazing all around, as a person and as a teammate.”

“Christina is such a great person in and out of the pool.”

Freshman swimmer Christina Melchiorre may seem as though she is shy and reserved at first glance. However that is found to be anything but true once she opens up and becomes comfortable. She is someone who you can clearly see is outgoing and full of passion—both in and out of her swimming career.

Melchiorre is from Voorhees, N.J., and attended Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Newfield, N.J., where she also swam. Melchiorre is always very much into what she does when it comes to swimming.

Melchiorre is not the only one who is a swimmer in her family either—both her brother and her sister swim as well. Her parents are also involved in her swim career. “My parents come to the meets they can make it to.”

Melchiorre has been swimming since she was 8 years old and hasn’t stopped since.  Since she swam essentially her whole life, she knew that she did not want to stop in college. “I’ve always swam, it’s something I wanted to keep doing,” Melchiorre said.

Despite only being in her freshman year, Melchiorre has already made great strides in her swimming career. “She deserves all of the successes she has had this year,” swim teammate Breaghann Smith said. “ I know she will end this season on a high note, and she will continue to do well throughout her collegiate career.”

Melchiorre has broken records in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, along with the 200 freestyle relay with Courtney Good, Breaghann Smith and Morgan Griffith.

“Christina is one of the hardest workers on our team. She has a drive to be the best and she exhibits that every day in practice—her swimming IQ is off the charts,” assistant coach Kevin Pierce said through email. “She understands why we do certain things in practice and is able to tailor her practice habits around that.”

Admittedly, Melchiorre did say that she sometimes gets nervous before meets. A pre-meet ritual of hers can really increase the level of energy in that area though, as she listens to “I Don’t Care” by Icona Pop to get her pumped for the impending swim meet.

“She is a very versatile swimmer. We could put her in just about any event and she would do well,” Pierce said. “As a person Christina has really come into her own this year… and is an integral part of our team chemistry.”

Outside of the pool, Melchiorre, although an undecided major, is certain to do extraordinary things, as evidenced by her friends and teammates. “She is insanely talented and has such a great personality. I truly believe that she will go far in life,” fellow teammate and friend Megan Tustin said. “I personally have gotten close with Christina since the season has begun and we have become more than just teammates, she has become such a great friend as well.”

Melchiorre is also described as being very supportive and caring, whether it’s at practice or just in general. Being equally great outside the pool, Melchiorre is also described as a very nice and funny person. “She’s never afraid to say what is on her mind,” Smith said.

There is no doubt from hearing these thoughts from friends, teammates, and coach alike that Melchiorre is sure to be making great advancements with her time on the Cabrini swim team and elsewhere.

Fun facts


  • Favorite color:
    • Orange
  • Favorite food:
    • Pasta
  • Favorite animal:
    • Dog


Erica Abbott

About Erica Abbott

Hi my name is Erica Abbott and I am currently a sophomore Communication major, Spanish minor. I am also a social media marketing intern at Bad Rhino Inc. in Wayne. I also have a blogging internship with Business 2 Community. I am very interested in the arts, photography and writing so I am really excited to be writing for the Loquitur this year.

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