Athlete Spotlight on: Ellie Field

A student at Hoosac Valley and swimming star with the Wahconah co-op, local senior Ellie Field has had a varied high school athletic career. A few weeks after she repeated as sectional champ in the 50 freestyle at the Central/Western Massachusetts meet, and placed in the top 4 in both the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Division II state championships, Field dropped by The Berkshire Eagle offices. She talked about swimming for three different high school teams, a brief hoops interlude, her older sister Fallon, post-grad plans and just what it is that gets her blazing through the water.

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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