Seeing her hard work pay off with some early success in the pool, Risha Ranjan ’21 is the Wyvern of the Week.
The 2018-19 swim season is starting to really get going now that Winter Break has passed and Ranjan is already off to a strong start. She earned points in the top heat of the 200 IM and 100 Fly at the 2018 KIT’s and also swam in the A Medley and 400 Free relay at the KIT meet.
Ranjan came into her sophomore campaign off a strong offseason and she has picked right up for the Wyverns.
“Risha trained over the summer and all her work out of season has paid off tremendously,” Kingswood Oxford coach Kata Baker said. “She's much more strong and sure of herself in the water this year. She is versatile and can swim freestyle, distance and sprints, in addition to backstroke and butterfly.”
“Over winter break and over the summer I swim in order to stay in shape and keep up with the sport,” Ranjan said. “Not swimming for a long time really affects my times so I try to get into the pool as often as possible.”
A swimmer as long as she can remember, Ranjan started lessons when she was 3 and I joined a team at age 7. Despite being a sophomore, Ranjan is one of the older and more experiences swimmers on the team. That has resulted in her taking on a leadership role.
“The girls swim team is super small and still growing so being a swimmer for a long time, I have many experiences that many of my teammates don’t,” Ranjan said. “I think it's super fun to help them out when they need it. My role has changed drastically from last year because last year, I was a freshman and still learning about KO and the many traditions the girls have. This year, I am able to show the new girls our traditions. Also, we have no seniors on our team this year, so I was able to have more of a leadership role.”
In the pool, Ranjan’s versatility is a huge plus and she swam every single event KO offers last season and she says she can swim any event except for breaststroke.
“I would say I love swimming the 200 free and 100 back but I really can't choose my favorite,” Ranjan said.
In Kingswood Oxford’s first match of 2019, Ranjan took first place in the 200 freestyle against Northfield Mount Hermon with her season best time of 2:17.66.
“Honestly, my goal this year is to get as fast as I can and my goal for the team is to have a really fun and positive season with lots of great swimming,” Ranjan said.
TIME OUT WITH RISHA
Favorite Athlete: Tom Daley
Favorite Team: New England Patriots
Favorite Sport Other Than Swimming: either volleyball or dance
Pre-Meet Pump Up Song: Sunflower by Rex Orange County
Favorite Meal: Does mac and cheese count as a meal?
Last Movie You Saw: Iron Man 2 and Spiderman Into The Spiderverse
Favorite Part of Winter: Snow days and fuzzy socks