Freshman swimmer hits the water

By Amanda Finnegan
November 18, 2005

Brian Coary

Freshman elementary education Nicole Ketchen is one of the newest additions to Cabrini’s women’s swim team. Ketchen is from Upper Darby, Pa., where she attended Upper Darby High School and swam four out of her 11 years that she has been swimming.

Ketchen was recruited her senior year by Cabrini women’s swim coach, Mike Kernicky. “I knew I wanted to swim in college, but I wasn’t sure where,” Ketchen said. After coming to Cabrini as her last stop on her college tours, Ketchen knew Cabrini was the school for her. Ketchen, who is a commuter, said that one of the things that attracted her to Cabrini was that the campus allowed her to stay close to home.

Here at Cabrini, Ketchen swims the 100 butterfly, 100 back and the 200 individual medley.

Coach Kernicky is excited about what Ketchen will bring to the team. “Nicole loves to race. She is a great competitor and will be one of our high scorers this year,” Kernicky said.

The team had their first meet on Saturday, Nov. 5 against The College of Notre Dame, Md., and although it was a loss, Ketchen said that both the team and coach have high hopes for the season.

The Cabrini women’s swim team finished the 2004-2005 season with a 2-4 record. “Coach says that the team is a lot stronger this year,” Ketchen said. Her goals for the season are for the team to win more meets and to personally improve her time.

Ketchen said that all the girls on the team were very welcoming and friendly to her and other freshmen. She said that the team has pasta parties and movie nights as bonding experiences.

Aside from swimming with the team, Ketchen also lifeguards in Upper Darby and at the Springfield HealthPlex. She hopes to continue swimming well after college and also hopes to coach someday. Ketchen said that she pulls inspiration from Olympic swimmer Maddie Crippen who she met a few years ago.

The 6 a.m. Friday and night practices during the rest of the week keep Ketchen on her toes. Both the team and Ketchen have expectations for a promising 2005-2006 season. Kernicky agrees that Ketchen shows a lot of potential and brings great skills to the Cabrini pool.

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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