Student Athlete of the Week: Claudia Gohn

MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For most the dive off the block can be nerve-racking, but Madison County's Claudia Gohn says it is the reward for all those hours of work.

"That's one of the most exciting feelings as a swimmer," Senior Claudia Gohn said, "You practice everyday, so many hours every week and it's all up to that big race and so when you get up on the block it's just excitement."

Claudia brings that same excitement level to every aspect of swimming, even when tasked with swimming a new event the 200 freestyle.

"She's smart, she's a smart swimmer, she knows even if it's not her favorite, she knows that she'll place the best there, so that's why she picked it," Madison County Girls Swim Coach Charlotte Perlis said.

"Not my first choice, I decided to do more 200 frees last year because one of my coaches said I should try doing it more and I actually really learned to like the 200 free, I used to not like it at all," Gohn said.

She wound up winning the state championship in the 200 free, but that is not the only place Claudia is number one. She is also first in her senior class at school, something she credits her time in the pool with helping.

"You can learn so many lessons from it," Gohn said, "Every swimmer I know is super good at time management, dedication and perseverance and of course I've learned all those."

But her biggest impact can be found with the younger swimmers on the team.

"Some of the swimmers that come out for our high school team haven't done it competitively and she really warms up with them and helps them with their strokes," Perlis said.

"I think it's really important to kind of help other swimmers because even though swimming is an individual sport, being part of a team is just a vital part of being a swimmer," Gohn said.

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