Dia Gawronski began her swimming career at the age of seven. She swam at Cheshire Academy her freshman and sophomore year and just recently transferred to Woodland junior year. She is also Woodland’s most recent swimming icon.
Gawronski became a part of the Woodland Girl’s Swim team at the start of this school year. Becoming a part of Woodland’s team came with many opportunities not available at the Academy.
“At Cheshire Academy, swim season was during the winter and it was a co-ed team.It wasn’t as strict and the practices didn’t challenge me. The meets were also not competitive and exciting,” said Gawronski.
So far, as a Woodland Hawk, Gawronski has already broken three records for the girls’ 2016-17 swimming season. The records were placed in the 200 IM, 500 free, and 100 fly. At the Academy, Gawronski also broke records in the 100 fly, 200 free, and 500 free.
“I don’t go into my races thinking about a time, whether it’s a cut or a record. I just give it my all. Breaking the records doesn’t mean that much to me. While it’s cool to be on the record board, I’m just trying to go my own best times,” said Gawronski.
Along with breaking impressive records, Gawronski was the Female Athlete for the week of September 19th. She feels grateful to be recognized for her swimming since she believes there are so many talented athletes in the NVL.
Having Gawronski on the team has only helped Girl’s Swim team improve. The girls have already won the first 3 meets, one including Watertown which was the first time Woodland beat Watertown in school history. They are off to an amazing start, 3-0.
Gawronski said, “The team is so unified and enthusiastic at every meet, which is what makes being apart of it so much fun. I’m hoping for a lot more wins this season.”