The Wheatley School Athletic Program is honored to recognize the accomplishments of senior Katie Conte. Katie has signed a letter of commitment to continue her impressive academic and athletic career at Lock Haven University, in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Katie has been swimming for her USA club team, Long Island Express for the past 8 years. Wheatley does not have a swim team, but that has not stopped Katie’s commitment to the sport. She practices six days a week all year round; six months for the short course (yards) season and five months for the long course (meters) season. Katie swims on the competitive level for eleven months out of the year, with little to no time off. In addition to this rigorous schedule Katie finds time to volunteer with the Girl Scouts and the East Williston Recreation Committee. At Wheatley, Katie is also a member of the Environmental Action Committee (EAC).
Katie specializes in distance freestyle with the 200 free (8 laps), 500 free (20 laps), 1000 free (40 laps), and 1650 free or “the mile” (66 laps). She is ranked 25th in the 200 free in the Metropolitan organization, as well as 12th in the 500, 4th in the 1000, and 2nd in the 1650 for 17 and 18 year old girls. Katie will go into Lock Haven with times that will score at PSACs and contend with school records in the 1000 and the 1650 free.
As a member of the National Honor Society, Katie’s efforts come from more than just the pool but the classroom as well. She has done numerous community service hours and is always ready to volunteer. Katie is also a member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, troop 1283. She has received the highest award possible in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. This is especially impressive because she was the only scout to receive the Gold Award in the WARM association this year. Her project “Stay Ahead of the Curve” focused on alternative treatment for scoliosis through chiropractic care. As well as the awareness of chiropractic care, in general. The treatment Katie gets from her chiropractor has allowed her to continue swimming despite her scoliosis. After finishing this 80 hour project Katie decided that she wants to become a chiropractor herself and is planning on majoring in the pre-professional program at Lock Haven.
On November 14, 2016, Katie Conte made her decision to accept the Lock Haven University’s academic and athletic scholarship. “She believes in the culture that we are building here at LHU and I am excited to have her as a part of our program. She will be a great addition to our team” said head swimming coach Joel Blesh.
[Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up and Susan Checkla for some of the photos!]