Zoe Toscos, a mid-distance freestyler from Indiana, has committed to swimming at Kenyon next season. Toscos swims for her high school, Carroll, and this past season anchored the seventh place 200 freestyle relay at the Indiana High School Championship with a 24.13 en route to Caroll’s 13th place finish. She also led the team to their first sectional title last year as captain.
Toscos reached her decision to swim at Kenyon because, “I feel that it is an environment where I can reach my full potential in both academics and swimming… I felt that I fit like a puzzle piece there, both in the academic environment and as an athlete.”
While fully committed to her sport, Toscos also has an interesting challenge as an athlete, having been diagnosed at the age of seven with Type 1 Diabetes. Monitoring blood sugar and taking insulin are just some of the challenges she faces. “My high school team has really been supportive of me throughout the whole process of managing this disease during intense swim training,” Toscos said. “I know it can’t be easy watching a teammate get out of practice to eat sugar (when my blood sugar gets low) but they are so sympathetic. I know I would not be as successful at managing my disease without the structure of the sport or the compassion of my team.”
Toscos’ top times are as follow:
- 53.04 – 100 freestyle
- 1:52.79 – 200 freestyle
- 5:05.58 – 500 freestyle
The Ladies finished 4th at the Division III NCAA Championships last season, marking the 34th consecutive year of being top 4 at the meet. The Ladies still hold a record number of consecutive first place finishes (17) at the NCAA meet on the women’s side and will be looking to reclaim the title in the coming year.