2013-14 SALEM NEWS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
Marblehead High School swim coach Sue Guertin is not surprised by the success Kylie Cronin has achieved in the pool for the Magicians so far. What surprises the veteran coach is how her sophomore star handles the success.
“Kylie is a true athlete. She is so very talented, but so unaffected by it. She is probably one of the finest athletes I have seen in my career,” Guertin said. “She just gets in there to win. She is truly a competitor and is unaffected by her success.”
Cronin’s most impressive highlight of a highlight-filled season was winning the 100 butterfly at the Division 2 state meet. She captured the event in 55.35 to set a new meet record. Guertin submitted her performance for National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American consideration.
Cronin’s record-setting time was close to the automatic All-American standard, but she will find out if she is named All-American by late April.
Cronin also won the 100 free at the North sectionals with a 53.09, took first in the 50 free at the Northeastern Conference Meet, and was part of the 200 Medley and 400 free state champion relay teams. She was selected as an NEC All-Star.
“She is also one of the most liked swimmers in the league and I really believe it is because of her attitude,” Guertin said. “She does not get wrapped up in what some of the athletes do.’
The University of Pennsylvania-bound Alexander won both the 200 and 500 freestyles at sectionals ... Swam a leg on the Medley and free relay teams that won at both sectionals and states ... Finished second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free at states ... Named Northeastern Conference All-Star ... A 4.0 student.