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Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Sophie Cox

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Sophie Cox, 13, is making a name for herself as a swimmer for Windermere Lakers Aquatics.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Sophie Cox joined Windermere Lakers Aquatics within the past year and has, over that time, steadily bought into the program — impressing coaches and teammates along the way. Over time, her dedication has become exemplary, and she turned some heads with a performance in a recent meet. After starting dead last in her 400-yard medley through 100 yards, Cox rallied and caught up to her competitors to win the race.

 

How old were you when you got started with competitive swimming?

I was 7. I love swimming and I was always doing swim lessons. They told me I should try out (for a club team) because I had a really strong kick. I did and it’s been a lot of fun because I did it with my friends.

 

When did you join Windermere Lakers Aquatics and what do you like about the program?

Almost a year ago. I like it here because it’s a community. We’re all a family here and it’s very supportive. We have very good coaches.

 

What are some areas where your coaches have helped you?

Possibly my attitude and also in my butterfly (stroke). … I didn’t really believe in myself before, and now that (my coaches) have helped me so much, I believe that I can do things.

 

What are some goals you have for the next few months?

I’m working toward getting my Future’s cut in my 400-yard IM and my 200-yard breaststroke and just being the best teammate I can be.

 

Who are some swimmers you admire?

Definitely my coach Anna-Liisa Pold, Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps. Also my coaches Alex Dehner and coach Kyle Goller.

 

Do you do any other sports?

I like to run and I like to bike for fun.

 
What do you think you would like to do when you grow up?

I would either like to be a forensic scientist or an occupational therapist. 

 

Do you have any hobbies?

I draw a lot. I like sketching.

 

What are you looking forward to the most about the rest of the summer?

Spending my time with my team and having great meets.

 

If you could have a plane ticket to visit anywhere, where would you travel?

I would probably go to Texas, because that’s where my best friends are. … My two main best friends live there.

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for ObserverPreps.com, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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