Athlete of the Week: Nicola Lane, Centerville High School

Name: Nicola Lane

School: Centerville

Grade: Sophomore

Age: 15

Sport: Swimming

Claim to fame/honors: Won 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke at Greater Western Ohio Conference championships to help Centerville win the National East Division title; broke decade-old record in 100 back; swam backstroke to help Elks set league record in medley relay (with Lauren Lampe, Pruitt Walther and Liz Quarin). In addition to swimming for the CHS Elks, swims year-round club for the WTRC Sharks and coaches and swims in a summer league for the Dunsinane Dolphins.

Bet you didn’t know … I can do the human jump rope

Words you live by: “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Toughest opponent: The clock

Biggest influence: My Nana

Match-day rituals: Listen to music to get stuck in my head

What’s on your bedroom walls? Pictures of friends and family

When I’m bored I like to … play with my dog Marley, an Australian Shepherd

Favorite movie: 127 Hours

Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill

Favorite musical artist: Panic! at the Disco

I can’t live without: Fuzzy socks

I can live without: Morning practices

Event you’d like to attend: The Grammys

Favorite book: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Favorite home-cooked meal: Pork roast

Favorite restaurant: Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

Favorite smell: Fresh-baked cookies

Favorite cereal: Honey Bunches of Oats

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: American Eagle

Vegetable you won’t eat: Cauliflower

I’d love to trade places for a day with … James Franco

Whose mind would you like to read? My dog’s

Place where you’d love to travel? Greece

Talent you’d like to have? Juggling

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: David Blough , Purdue University QB

Favorite team: Purdue Boilermakers

Favorite Olympic sport: Bobsledding

Something in the world I’d like to change: Foster care system

Favorite sports moment: Competing with my teammates at the high school state meet

Favorite junk food: Salt and vinegar kettle chips

Best thing about swimming: The bonds and friendships created

In 10 years, I hope to be … traveling the world

Nominate an Athlete of the Week: Send an email to freelance writer Dave Lamb at Please include the athlete’s name, school, sport and a phone number or email address where we can reach that athlete. Please include Athlete of the Week in the subject line.

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