411OnTheForty: Get to know Kelly Pash

Texas sophomore Kelly Pash is a one-time softball player who won three medals at the 2017 U18 Junior World Championships in Indianapolis (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Kelly Pash, a sophomore freestyler and butterflyer for the No. 8 Texas women's swimming and diving team, has had a superb season so far. At the first dual meet of the season, against in-state rivals Texas A&M, Pash fought her way to victories in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, as well as a win in the 200-yard individual medley. Get to know Pash, as she and her teammates look ahead to the spring, and a full state of dual meets.

3 facts:

  1. Talent in sports runs in the family: Pash's sister, Jackie, swam in college at the University of Akron, where she was a Mid-American Conference champion. Pash's oldest sister, Sam, played catcher on the Marian (Ind.) University softball team, where she started at least 20 games in all four seasons.
  2. Pash was a member of four Carmel (Ind.) High School state title teams. When Pash left Carmel, her team's streak was at 33 consecutive state title victories, the highest mark of any high school program in the nation.
  3. Softball was actually Pash's favorite sport, until she gave it up to focus more on swimming in high school.

2 accomplishments:

  1. Pash was extremely successful at her first Big 12 Championships last spring, touching the wall first in the 200-yard butterfly, and 200-yard Individual Medley, while placing second in the 400-yard IM.
  2. She earned three medals at the 2017 U18 Junior World Championships in Indianapolis, including a silver medal as Team USA's anchor in the 4-by-200-meter relay.

1 quote:

Pash on being part of Texas' elite relay teams:

"It's super-fun, because we've all been on the same relays together. It's cool behind the blocks, everyone is getting pumped up and excited and supporting each other."

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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