Big splash: Veteran swimmer enjoying time with Owls

Marissa Reedy has enjoyed her two years as a member of the girls swim team at Seymour, and she looks forward to rejoining the tennis team this spring.

The senior swam with the swim clubs in Brownstown and Seymour prior to entering Seymour.

She swam for the Owls her sophomore and senior years.

Her sophomore year, Reedy swam the 500 and 50 freestyles, and this winter she has concentrated on the 100 and the 200 freestyle relay.

Reedy said all the swimmers work hard in practice leading up to the meets.

“We usually swim a 500 to warm up,” she said. “Then we do a 200 kicking drill, we do six 50s, and then we do starts.”

Reedy said she enjoyed swimming in the “S” Invite on Dec. 10.

“It was a big meet, and it took a while to get over with,” she said. “I like going to meets and I like talking to my friends. I like cheering my friends on and high-fiving everybody at the end. (The seniors) are my favorite group of swim girls. We’ve all been nice to each other. Its been a good year for all of us.”

She said she thoroughly enjoyed the home meets, and swimmers have to make adjustments when they go to other pools.

“At Bedford, the blocks were small, and they were a little bit high, and when we dove in we had to make sure we didn’t dive in too deep because their diving well is in their pool,” Reedy said. “At Bedford and Columbus North they don’t have touch pads on the other end, so you had to make sure your feet didn’t slide off the wall. You had to hit your spot just right.”

Reedy’s biggest highlight in swimming came during her sophomore year while swimming the 500 when she had a 12-second drop.

The reason Reedy played tennis last spring is because of a foreign exchange student living with her family.

She plans on returning to the court this spring and plans on playing doubles.

“I like having a partner,” Reedy said. “If I play singles it’s all on me. When I have a doubles partner I can rely on them, not just me. I like playing on the right side.”

Reedy said she needs to improve her serving and work on her backhand in practice.

“Last year it was a lot better at the end of the season than the beginning of the season,” Reedy said. “I’m hoping I start back up the way I ended my season last year, and get better as the season goes. We run a mile every day in practice.”

Reedy said she believes it’s important to have a good mental outlook no matter what sport they are playing.

“When you’re in an individual event, it’s not just racing against other people, you’re kind of racing against your time,” she said. “It’s not as important to beat someone as it is to beat your time.”

Reedy has enjoyed her time at Seymour.

“(Seymour) is probably the best school I could have gone to,” Reedy said. “I’m on the honor roll. My teachers have helped me a lot and have given me tips and advice about college life and adult life and how to be responsible for things, and be organized.”

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Name: Marissa Reedy

School: Seymour High School

Parents: Heather and Jeff Reedy

Sibling: Olivia

Sports: Swimming, two years; tennis, two years

Organizations: Latin Club, Brownstown Christian Church leadership group

Plans after high school: Attend Indiana University Southeast, study business management

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite TV show: “Friends”

Favorite movie: “Zootopia”

Favorite team: Butler basketball

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.