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Featured Athlete of the Week: Nash Firebaugh, Swimmer Greencastle High School

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Nash Firebaugh
Nash Firebaugh, 17, is an accomplished junior at Greencastle High School. He is involved in Latin club in school and says his favorite food is pizza but likes everything. In school his favorite subject is AP Biology and his favorite teacher is Mr. Hankee. The band he falls back on is The Red Hot Chili Peppers and his favorite song is "The Other Side." Nash really enjoys soccer, having played it for eight years, and also basketball. The sports team he loves to watch is Indiana University basketball. In his spare time he likes to play guitar and a little bit of videogames. Nash is 27th in the state of Indiana with a time of 22.17 in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 fly with a time of 51.32.

Banner Graphic: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Nash Firebaugh: It would probably be Ian Crocker. He was a swimmer at Texas University back in the early 2000s.

BG: Who inspires you most?
NF: There were three seniors when I first started swimming freshman year. Jay Guffey, Walter Curran, and Jesse Elkins. They really inspired me.

BG: Who introduced you to swimming?
NF: My parents. We have an in-ground pool. Since we have a pool I've always had a feel for water.

BG: What was your first reaction to swimming competitively? Did you like or dislike it?
NF: When I first started swimming competitively when I was nine, I didn't really enjoy it that much. I never really understood it that much. After I got into high school I really started enjoying it more.

BG: Do you like to swim relays or individual events better?
NF: Definitely relays, it's more of a team atmosphere, I like that a lot better than individuals.

BG: What is your training like?
NF: It's not typical swimming training you've heard about. It's more focused on technique and thinking about how your body can move though the water the best.

BG: How much of an impact have your teammates had on you this year?
NF: This year, a lot, a lot more than last year. We are really a team this year, we have been cheering for each other at meets and it helps a lot with the team atmosphere.

BG: What life lessons have you learned from swimming?
NF: If you want to be good at something it's going to take a lot of practice and perseverance. Sometimes you are going to hate it but it pays off in the end.

BG: What are your plans after high school?
NF: I'm looking at IU and a couple good swimming schools in Ohio, but I'm not sure yet.

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