Lauren Carr, the daughter of Kristina and Larry Carr, has been a member of the swimming and diving, soccer, and track teams during her time at Richmond High School. Next year she will be a swimming in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for Hanover.
“Hanover offered me a spot on their swim team which first started my interest, but when I looked into it more I noticed that it has a good science program and the campus just fit me. It wasn’t too far from my family, wasn’t a big school, and I knew some people who were planning on going there. I’ve already met so many incoming freshman, and they have helped me understand that Hanover was the right choice for me.” Lauren will be majoring in Pre-Med.
Being in multiple sports helped Lauren train year-round. “During the off season while in school I did all my other sports, but right now (during social distancing) I have been trying to do dry land workouts and looking at videos to get a better technique for when I can get back in the pool.”
Lauren began swimming 9 years ago. “I started swimming in the fourth grade and was a terrible swimmer so I turned to diving and did that for 2 years while swimming on the side and went to meets for that. I fell back in love with swimming in the 6th grade and did club swim for Richmond for a couple of years and went to the meets with them. I’ve done every event throughout my career that is allowed at middle school and high school meets including diving. I don’t have many awards in swimming but I’ve met a lot of my goals that I’ve set throughout the years and that’s all that matters.” Lauren’s team-first attitude led to her being named most valuable freshman/sophomore/junior. Her senior year she earned Academic All American honors. Coach Stephanie Hoober said, “Lauren Carr is the epitome of a great teammate. She works hard, pushes her teammates, and is always your biggest cheerleader. Lauren makes practices more enjoyable with her sense of humor and can brighten a day with her positive outlook.”
Looking back on her athletic career at RHS Lauren said, “I would like to thank my best friend who showed me the love for swimming. I also would like to thank my parents and my coaches. The late Dennis Kidwell who made me the swimmer I am and taught me how to swim. Brad Whited for never giving up on me and always telling me to have the can do attitude. Stephanie Hoober for being there for me and pushing me during the tough times. Gary Rodefeld for being a role model and always trying to make the best out of the worst. ‘Swim with class and kick some…'”
Lauren has enjoyed her time at RHS, and she will miss the people that make it special. “I have enjoyed the many opportunities that RHS has provided both in academics and athletics. I have also enjoyed the PLTW program with my favorite teacher, Mrs. Hisrich. It helped me recognize my love for medicine.” “I will miss the friends that I have made and the teachers and coaches who were always there for me. I will also miss the atmosphere of the school because there was always something new to learn about Richmond and the people there.”
CongRatulations, Lauren! We R pRoud of you!