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Swimming into star mindset

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Sylvia swims into her victory. Photo courtesy of Marcia Wood.

Sylvia swims into her victory. Photo courtesy of Marcia Wood.

Sylvia swims into her victory. Photo courtesy of Marcia Wood.

Ariana Franco, Staff Writer

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Sylvia Kobylak is a sophomore, varsity swimmer who happened to go to the state competition this year. Kobylak faced troubles throughout the state finals but her positive spirit told her to hold on and not worry.

Throughout the meet, Kobylak didn’t let her tough times break through her shine. She said, “Although I went through hardships between other teammates throughout my swimming career about ‘trying too hard,’ I’m so happy that I did not let it get in the way of me and my swimming.”

State finals definitely are not a relaxing place to be where emotions and nerves run high for the upcoming races.

“The biggest challenge I faced that was extremely nerve-wracking was that I was the the only person representing my team,” said Kobylak.

Sylvia placed 25th in 100 breast and 33rd in 100 fly. Regarding her ranking, Kobylak said, “I wasn’t really worried about my places because I was just there to have fun and experience state finals.”

Overall, Sylvia was proud of both of her accomplishments at state and is grateful to have represented Lemont’s swim team at state.

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