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KP TIMES

The student news site of Kingwood Park High School

KP TIMES

The student news site of Kingwood Park High School

KP TIMES

Marisa Chinen (10)

How long have you been swimming?

“Nine years”

Is this your first time going to State?

“No it is not, but I did not qualify to swim. I’m an alternate and I went last year as an alternate as well.”

How did you do at Region?

“I did good.”

What did you compete in?

“I swam the 200 and the 500 freestyle and I got fourth in both my events and dropped time.”

Can you describe your experience at Region prelims?

“Just to swim it so I could get to day two.” 

What was your goal for the Region finals?

“Drop time and hopefully place on the podium, but I didn’t so it’s okay.”

What was your initial reaction when you find out you’re going to State?

“I’m very happy and will enjoy the experience with my team.”

What are your expectations for State?

“Be the best I can and not slip on the floor, and hopefully make sure no one else slips on the floor.”

What is your favorite memory from this past season?

“My favorite memory was senior night when Daisy Thompson swam the 500 for the first time and she was so proud.”

What has been the hardest part leading up to state?

“Prepping for Region with club and high school and trying to find the balance. And my knee. I had a really bad knee injury at the beginning of the season. And so coming back from that was hard.”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

“Our team is really good. And we have gotten a lot closer this year than last year. The seniors have contributed a lot to that, so I thank them.”

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