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Kate Minette swims it back – The Simpsonian

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Kate Minette began her second season of The Simpsons swimming hard, earning two ARC Awards for Actress of the Week. Minette earned her first Performer of the Week in December after setting Simpson records in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

Minette won in both a doubles strike against St. Mary’s College and with an excellent anchor leg in the 200-yard relay.

Minette has performed well in her two years at Simpson, winning conference titles in her two main events. Despite the impressive performances, her favorite thing to do over the past year has been building camaraderie with her fellow swimmers.

“Joining such a young team made it really cool. To see how we forged momentum,” she said. “Beating those records was cool, but having the team is more important to me.”

Minette is also an anchor of all freestyle and medley relays and has done so since last year.

Head swim and dive coach Adam Cvetich joined Simpson Athletics the same year as Minette. Cvetich said he was grateful to have such a strong swimmer as his coach during his freshman year.

“In the last half, if she gets close to someone, she’ll chase and catch them,” he said. “It’s almost like I don’t have to watch.”

But while Minette is a fierce competitor once she hits the water, in practice she has a very different personality than you would expect.

“She’s a lot more ‘I’ll do what the universe tells me,'” Cvetich said.

Minette is aware of her mentality shift and has had it for years.

“I’m trying to relax. Tell me everything will be fine,” she said. “If I start racing, I can do it. It’s going to be fine.” Minette attributes much of her competitive spirit and laid-back personality to the team dynamics she helped create.

“I swim in relays better knowing it’s not just for me,” she said. “They help me enjoy it because I swim worse if I don’t enjoy it.” The bond between her and the other swimmers is one that Cvetich says he’s lucky he didn’t have to push her to break to build.

“Our team is definitely a team. They’re family,” he says. “They have breakfast together. They raise together. They have game nights.” The team dynamic helps create an atmosphere of laughter and joy that Minette needs to keep pushing.

The momentum also encourages Minette to push her teammates. “In the pool we know that we can set each other up for speed. Set each other up for times,” she said.

Both Cvetich and Minette want her to make it to the national tournament in the 100m freestyle, which would likely require her to shave another two seconds off her already existing record time of 54.54.

Minette will have an opportunity to set that time on February 4th when she arrives at the conference meeting in Cedar Rapids.

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