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Featured Athlete: Lana Reaves

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Q. What’s been your greatest accomplishment in swimming over the years?

A. I think my greatest accomplishment was last year [when] I dropped four seconds over the season in my 100 free. I went to state for the first time and placed 14th I think. Then we won state too, and so I was able to contribute points. That was really nice and a confidence booster.


Q. Do you have any expectations for state this year?

A. I would like to obviously go faster than I did last year, which may not mean me placing higher because the state [times] got faster. I just hope to swim well, and if we win state again that would be good. I have not yet [qualified for state this year]. Last year I didn’t even break a minute until Lancer Invite, which is in a few weeks so I’m still fine – which is what I’m telling myself at least.


Q. What event are you swimming right now?

A. [I’m swimming the] 150 free. I was a distance swimmer my first two years, then halfway through last year I switched to sprinting so I’m still kind of new at it.


Q. How would you sum up your high school career?

A. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve dropped [time] every year. I feel like I continuously improve, which I’m proud of. It’s always really fun to be a part of a team, which is something I haven’t experienced anywhere else.  

 Q. What’s your favorite memory?

A. Last year, after I swam the 100 [free], we kind of knew we were winning state going into the last few events because we were so ahead, but we were all just really excited. I was really close to a lot of the seniors last year and [alumnus] Bonnie Longan came up to me and I started crying and didn’t really stop for a few hours.


Q. How have you acted differently as a senior this year?

A. Well as of right now I’m the only senior on varsity. We have a really young team this year — we have 12 freshmen — so they’ve kept me young. It’s fought off senioritis for me because I don’t have any other seniors to talk to so I’m just rolling.


Q. Any pre-meet rituals?

A. Usually just sitting around with each other, talking, taking our mind off of it. When it’s nice out, we always lay outside, which I always really like. It calms you down.

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Senior, Head Copy Editor Caroline enjoys running cross country and playing piano. She loves her three sisters and friends and is pretty much the life of the party. Her summer consisted of lifeguarding at Fairway Pool, and she is excited to be back on Harbinger for her last year. Read Full »

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