Player of the Moment: Cai Kuivila

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You may have seen her out swimming her competition in the 100 and 50 free. The Player of the Month is senior girls swimming Captain Cai Kuivila. She has been outstanding throughout the whole season. 

One of the biggest reasons she is so crucial to the team, is her great leadership skill. “She is a team leader in practice,” Head Coach Alex Kraus said. 

Assistant girls swimming coach Megan Farrell also commends Kuivila’s fantastic leadership. “The girls look up to her and she leads by example,” Coach Farrell said.

Cai said that she loves the close culture of the team. “As a captain, I hope that I have helped the younger kids adjust to the team and learn to navigate the stressors of swimming while also keeping the season fun and exciting.” Kuivila said. “I tried my best to set a good example all season: coming to practice everyday, doing the work, supporting my teammates during their races, and of course, fostering a positive culture. I joined the team last year so it was a challenge moving into a leadership position but the team is genuinely like family and the boys and girls all support one another.”

Kuivila has consistently improved over the season, becoming a very strong swimmer. “She has consistently improved her 100 free and 50 free throughout the season,” Coach Farrell said. 

She is one of the team’s strongest swimmers and it will be interesting to see her performance in the postseason. “She is the team’s best swimmer in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle,” Coach Kraus said. 

Kuivila said she definitely had a great season so far. She said she was very consistent this year and placed well in the 50 and 100 free at most meets. She also swims the 200 and 400 A Freestyle Relays. “From a team perspective, this year was incredible. The girls team won 4 meets and we welcomed lots of new swimmers as well as two new divers,” Kuivila said. “The greater numbers helped us fill events and therefore earn more points.”

Senior year brings a lot of stress and responsibility. But despite this difficult time of year, Kuivila always brings a positive attitude to practice, bringing a smile to every meet. She is a great motivator and knows how to get the team riled up for the upcoming meet. “She is very excited for championships and she has been getting the girls excited for New England Championships this weekend,” Coach Farrell said. “She brings a positive attitude to every practice and encourages her teammates at every meet and practice.”

Kuivila said that she hopes to meet her goal of breaking 27 seconds in the 50 free and 1 minute in the 100 freestyle. “So far, I haven’t achieved these goals but I am looking forward to New Englands as a prime opportunity to go fast,” Kuivila said. 

“I know that I am leaving the team in amazing hands with the rising upperclassmen and I am so excited to follow the team next year and watch everyone’s progress,” Kuivila said. “I am very proud how far everyone has come, both as swimmers and as people, and I am so lucky to have been a part of such an incredible group of girls.”