Athlete Spotlight on: Ellie Field
Berkshire Eagle: You've had a little bit of time to digest the season. Overall, were you happy with what you were able to do in the pool this season?
Ellie Field: Yeah. Seeing that I don't swim all year round anymore and I kind of do other sports and make other things my priorities, I think the season went really well.
BE: What was it like for you being a winter nomad of sorts? Three different swim teams (Hoosac Valley, St. Joseph and Wahconah) and then the stint on the basketball team as a sophomore. What was it like bouncing around like that and being on so many teams?
EF: I think it was a good experience for me, and I think it would be a really good experience for any high school athlete to get to know a bunch of different people and get to know a bunch of different coaching styles. Kind of figure out what you have to do to get to your end goal for every team.
BE: What was the best part of being on this Wahconah team?
EF: Probably getting to know all the girls. They were the nicest group of girls I ever swam with. Also, my coach, Steve Kolis.
BE: What was the feeling like when you won the 50 free at Western Mass. and repeated as champion?
EF: I guess kind of surreal. I kind of went in there just happy that I made it, because it was my senior year and I'm trying to cherish everything. When I hit the touchpad and realized I won again, it was a really good feeling.
BE: When did you first fall in love with swimming?
EF: When I was 7 years old, swimming for the Northern Berkshire Betas with Cheryl Ryan.
BE: What was it that got you hooked in?
EF: It was Cheryl Ryan. She kind of always talked to my parents, said 'hey, I like her, get her to swim.' I went to my first practice and fell in love with it then.
BE: Any plans to swim at the next level?
EF: Yeah, I'm planning to go to Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.
BE: What was it that drew you to Roger Williams?
EF: I went to visit there over the summer and it was just really pretty and full of a lot of energy. I loved the team, they were close, kind of like our high school team. That's why I picked it.
BE: What's it like, the relationship with your sister Fallon? Both accomplished athletes a year a part. What's it been like having a sister like that?
EF: I think it's awesome. We kind of push each other to do certain things. She's the reason I played basketball my sophomore year, and also the reason I got back into swimming my junior year. She's always been the person in my head pushing me to go further, and I've always been the same for her.
BE: With your high school career rapidly coming to a close, are you looking forward to doing anything this spring at school?
EF: Kind of looking forward to just laying low and relaxing for the rest of the time I'm home.
BE: Lastly, late night after a meet and you and the family are coming home; you get to pick dinner, where are you bringing the family and what are you having?
EF: I would have to ask my mom to make dinner instead, and have her make mashed potatoes.
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