Women's Swimming & Diving / Free, Fly, IM / First Year / Zakynthos, Greece
Filippa Kolokotsa is a first-year swimmer on the Maroon women's swimming and diving team. In her collegiate debut, Kolokotsa picked up a pair of individual victories in the 100-yard freestyle (54.32) and 200-yard freestyle (1:58.58) in a dual meet at Wheaton College. She was also a leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.
Head Coach Jason Weber: "Making the transition to college can be difficult, but making the transition to college in a foreign country is even tougher. You wouldn’t know it if you’re around Filippa, as she’s always so calm and collected. However, in the pool, she is a competitor and we saw that on display at our first meet where she won both her individual events and posted the team’s fastest 100 free split on the winning 400 free relay. You can tell Filippa loves to race the way she takes control of races early and always finishes strong. She’s been a big boost to our team’s performance in practice and our first meet, and it will be fun to watch her continue to compete this season."
Teammate Nicole Lin: "In the short amount of time that I’ve gotten to know Filippa, I’ve seen how hard she works both in the water and at school, and how much of a positive impact she is to the team. She’s one of the hardest workers on the team, and even though she’s only been a part of the squad for a few weeks, I think she’s become a leader and a great example to follow. She constantly pushes herself as well as motivates others during practice and meets. She has such a strong mind set, and anyone can see it whenever she’s in the water. She knows how to race when tired and not let any negative events affect her. She carries an infectious smile and personality anywhere she goes and knows exactly how to brighten the mood. I’ve loved getting to know her so far, and can’t wait to see how the rest of her season will turn out!"
Kolokosta Quick Facts
- In her free time, Filippa enjoys spending time with her friends, exploring new places, eating and partying.
- Although she is a competitive swimmer, Filippa is afraid of waterslides.
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