May 25, 2008
Due to the discipline and dedication required, Windsor swimming coach Catherine Davis has found that her sport produces a large percentage of excellent students.
And in one of her star pupils, senior Kelsey Louden, Davis has a rather extreme example to help support her belief.
Louden, a former North Coast Section champion in the 100 breaststroke, owns some rather eye-popping classroom credentials: a 4.38 GPA and a partial academic scholarship to UCLA, where she plans to major in civil engineering.
And the fact that Louden will also swim in college is hardly surprising given her high school resume.
Louden finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke and 15th in the 100 butterfly at NCS last year, marking the third consecutive year she qualified in two events. Last week, she ensured she'll return for a fourth time by posting an automatic NCS qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke en route to a win against El Molino.
"She's just very focused," Davis said. "When it comes to swimming, it's all business. Then she can have fun after that."
Louden began swimming at age 7 and joined the Santa Rosa Neptunes swim team in 2004. She admits the endless hours in the pool haven't always been easy. But she wouldn't change a thing.
"It's a tough sport and it can be hard at times," Louden said. "But the dedication I've learned through swimming has a lot of positives."
-- Eric Branch