Beata Nelson will try to beat the clock at the state swim meet
VERONA (WKOW) -- Being a member of the Verona swim team gives its swimmers a front row seat to see Beata Nelson in action.
She's a manic. It's insane to watch her in the pool," junior Sammy Seymour said.
"She's just got that natural ability to move really well under the water," Verona senior Shelby Rozeboom said.
"She's definitely fun to watch and you're happy she's on your team," Verona swim coach Bill Wuerger said.
The 16-year old grew up wanting to be a gymnast, but soon found swimming was the sport for her.
"It started at a very young age, I was very attracted to the water. I just wanted to keep swimming and keep swimming. At like age 10 had to decide which one was more important and I picked swimming and so this is where I am now," Nelson said.
In two career WIAA state meets, Nelson owns four individual state titles and hold state records in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke.
"It's been surreal. It's always really cool to do things you never thought you could
This weekend at the state meet with other swimmers in the pool it will seemingly be Nelson against the clock, trying to beat the standards she's created.
"I always try to swim off of the people I'm swimming next to even if they're not necessarily right next to me. I can still see them out of the corner of my eye and I just try to push as hard as I can go get as far away as possible," Nelson said.
"She just has body lengths of room in between the second place person. It's like that's Beata just doing her thing," Seymour said.
The WIAA state meet begins this Friday at the UW Natatorium.
Beata Nelson's WIAA state records:
50 yard freestyle - 22.97 (2012)
100 yard butterfly - 52.06 (2013)
100 yard backstroke - 53.19 (2013)
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