The Dark Knight is Rising

Samantha Verdisco, Staff Writer

Cassie Vietas is ready to kick off her last year at Robinson as a senior and captain of the

swim team. Vietas, driven by her passion and dedication, has been swimming for twelve

years, three of which have been at Robinson.

“I started when I was five, when my parents stuck me on a summer swim team. I had a

coach named Coach Betsy, and she told me I had talent and could be a swimmer. From

there on, I told my mom, ‘Hey, I really want to swim,’” she said.

Although Vietas began her career at an early age and attended the Junior Olympics, one

of the most prestigious events for young swimmers, it was not until recently that she

decided to seriously pursue the sport.

“I didn’t think I was going to swim in college until the end last season,” she said. “I just

had a massive time drop, and that was it.”

Currently, Vietas is considering three universities, which include Ohio Wesleyan,

Simmons College, and Western State College that will help her succeed both in and out

of the pool. After high school, she intends on majoring in physical therapy.

When asked for advice to give aspiring or beginning swimmers, Vietas replied:

“Swimming is one of the only sports that you can do your entire life, because it has a low

impact on your joints. It is a skill that I think everybody should learn. Coming out for the

swim team will help you develop that skill.”

With a smile, she added:

“The water is my home. It always has been, and always will be.”