Swimmer excels in pool and academics

By Christina Cimmino
November 17, 2006

John Kolesnik is a senior triple major in political science, accounting and philosophy.

Kolesnik started swimming and competing at the age of six. He continues swimming throughout his life and was on the varsity team in high school for all four years. Kolesnik said, “For me, swimming has been a great way to stay in shape, make good friends and develop self-motivation. It’s been a key part of my life and much of my drive for doing the best I can has streamed from it. To continue this sport in college has really put a capstone on my swim career.”

As for Kolesnik’s busy schedule, he is an honors student, a member of the Ski Club, Accounting Association, Specials Olympics Winter Games Committee and last year was a peer tutor and treasurer for the Student Government Association.

He is also a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society and Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society. Off campus, he is a member of the Schuylkill River Rugby Football Club, which is a mid-atlantic division rugby club that is based out of Philadelphia and is a waiter at Chistophers, located in Wayne. Kolesnik said, “I don’t sleep. My day starts at six in the morning and doesn’t stop until one or two in the morning”

“I plan to go to law school and I started out with political science as my major. One of my classes got cancelled my freshman year so I picked up a business class and I enjoyed it so I picked up business administration and then I switched over to accounting. I really enjoyed all of the professors in the philosophy department, I picked that up too because I liked how they pushed me as far as I could go with my ideas.”

Kolesnik hopes that the team will be able to eventually have a chance to get a relay in the Easter College Athletic Conference Open Swimming Championships. “Going there would really place Cabrini in the position of a formidable competitor for years to come and would also be a great accomplishment for a first year team,” Kolesnik said. He also looks forward to going to Florida in January for a training trip. Kolesnik said, “My goals for this season are to continue to help grow the team, set some school records and try to make the qualifying times for ECAC.”

Kolesnik swims the two hundred individual medley for the Cabrini team, which includes the free, butterfly, breast and back strokes. “My real hope for the Cabrini men’s swim team is that it will continue for years to come and the underclassmen will really embrace the leadership roles of the team. In the future, I hope that this team will continue to grow and become an important and successful part of Cabrini’s athletic program.”

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