Glastonbury High School's Student Athlete of the Month: Katelyn Wilchek
Do you have a nickname: Kate
Your grade in school: Senior
Sport: Varsity Crew on the Pink Boat.
Your Birthdate: August 3rd, and I’m youngest of two.
- Started rowing fresh year as a novice and I have been on the crew team both fall and spring crew except for sophomore year in the fall. I pushed myself really hard this spring to get on the A boat, I had been on the B boat previously. Crew is all I ever talk about. My best friends are all on the crew team. It’s like a family. We’re a big team, but we’re very close.
What do you love most about your sport: I love the team work aspect. In order to win a race it’s not just you, there’s seven other people in the boat and you have to work together. We all hit a wall at some point and we yell to each other to get beyond it. It’s so satisfying to pull through and have no regrets. To say “I pulled so hard and we all did”, is the best feeling.
How do you prepare for a race? I try to seclude myself and get into the zone of what I have to do and what I’ll do when I hit the wall and how I’ll get past it. Then I work to get excited with my team and and I row really hard. I know how to french braid, so honestly, I’m braiding girls hair a lot too.
Thoughts on the upcoming season: I’m really excited about the season. We have all new coaches and it’s all different, but it’s good different. Our coach is so encouraging, telling us we’re going to be state champs again. We have pretty big races coming up and we’re excited. Our goal is to get into New Englands and place well.
Biggest Rival: Simsbury
Favorite Sports Memory: This fall when we went to the Head of the Connecticut, the official said the water was pretty calm and nothing we hadn’t rowed in before. What wasn’t known was that the conditions at the start were white-capping waves and the race was running an hour and a half behind. It’s was like playing human battleship with all these big boats all backed up when we got to the start. It was so hard to row full of water and boats were flipping. At the end the boat was so full of water and we were scooping water out of the boats because we had to put the boat over our heads when we were done. We pulled the boat out of the river and we ended up getting soaked in more water. We were freezing and everyone was just trying to then find dry clothes and share any dry hoodies and socks we could find. We still talk about that day!
My Role Model: My mom – I just love how strong she is. She’s one of the strongest people I know. Even if she’s had a tough day at work she’s always there for me. She always has this look that she’s always so proud of me. She goes to every one of my races. When I ran the Disney half marathon in Florida, she surprised me by being at the finish line! I want to be that kind of mom for my kids one day, always proud of everything they do.
Favorite Way to Relax: Hanging out on the couch, watching TV and relaxing and also trying to get some sleep in.
Favorite Class at School: I am part of the Health Careers Collaborative, where I shadow doctors and nurses and I look forward to that class everyday because I want to be a nurse.
Favorite Junk Food: Popcorn, Orville Redenbacher Pop Up Bowls
What’s Playing on Your Ipod?: Alternative music I listen to 104.1
Favorite Restaurant: J Gilberts. I love their steaks and crab cakes
Red Sox or Yankees: Not really into baseball
Favorite Movie: Finding Nemo
Favorite TV Show: Bones
Plans for After High School: Drexel University, and I’m going to row there.