A to Z with Rachel McKivigan


Buchholz senior Rachel McKivigan has played a part in helping the Bobcats win seven out of the last eight city swim meets.

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Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.

SCHOOL: Buchholz

YEAR: Senior

FAVORITE SWIM EVENT: 100 freestyle

HEIGHT: 5-foot-6

Area swimmer who you would pay to watch swim: Wesley Olmsted (Eastside). He is on my club team, High Tide Aquatics, and I have gotten to see him work. It would be cool to watch him.

Best movie I’ve ever seen? Any of the Harry Potter movies.

Coach Steve Bostick’s best words of advice for me? Before I swim, he always tells me, “Go have fun.” It helps to take the pressure off.

Defeating what team would make me the happiest? Whoever is next.

Easiest part of my school day: I get to go home after fifth period, I don’t have a sixth period. It is really nice.

Favorite sport besides swimming: I like watching baseball because my (older) brother Michael has played for years.

Goals for the season? I want to be a top competitor at state.

Happiest day of my life was when ... I got my license when I turned 16.

Interesting thing about me away from swimming: I like art, so I like to draw a lot.

Joker on the team: Kyle Reisman, because he always has some comment that cracks everyone up.

Key to becoming a good swimmer is: Dedication. In swimming there is a huge amount of practices and times you need to put in. Keeping up with that is a key to success.

Least favorite swimming moment? Last year at a club meet I was really sick and I got an asthma attack and wasn’t able to swim.

Music I enjoy listening to: I really don’t have any specific taste, but I like country.

Nickname? My coach calls me and my friend, Paige Edens, Raige. He combined our names.

One person who inspires me the most: My mom. She has always been there for swimming. She has always been there to support me with anything.

Pre-race ritual: I like to splash myself with water and clap my hands.

Quiet-time activity: I like to read and listen to music.

Reading newpapers or browsing the Internet to get my high school sports information? Newspaper.

Stroke that is most difficult: Breaststroke. I never got the hang of it.

Toughest part about being a swimmer is ... I think the morning practices (5:30), especially in the winter when it is under 35 degrees.

Universities or colleges I am considering: I am going to an official visit to the University of Tampa next month.

Vacation spot I love? Anywhere in the mountains.

What will it take for the Buchholz girls to win their seventh city title in eight years on Saturday? Everyone will need to come together as a team. We will have to try to place well in all the heats, and do well in relays.

Xbox, PlayStation or Wii? I don’t play video games.

Year I was born: 1996.

Zoo animal I like most: Dolphins, I like the way they move through the water and they are pretty.

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