It was quite a weekend for Scranton Prep swimmer Alison Prushinski.
The junior won four gold medals (two individual, two relays) and set three district records (one individual, two relays) at the District 2 Class 2A Swimming Championships. She was part of the 200-yard medley relay team that won in 1:47.3 and the 200-yard free relay that won in 1:37.71. She captured the 50-yard freestyle in 24.17 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke in 56.80 seconds.
Her effort helped the Classics capture the team title with 283 points.
Here is more from her Athlete of the Week interview:
Favorite teams: I’m a big Penn State football fan.
Athletes I admire: Definitely Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Just their drive and the incredible performances they always put out.
Favorite food: Pizza
Superstitions and rituals: I just listen to upbeat music to get me in the zone and lots of stretching before I swim.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Katie Ledecky
You swam the leadoff leg in the 200 medley relay, the backstroke. What were you trying to do in that leadoff spot? I was definitely trying to get ahead for the rest of my teammates, get a nice lead. Is the backstroke your favorite? Yeah, I’ve always been a fan of the backstroke. Ever since I was younger, I’ve been swimming it.
You were seeded third in the 50 free. What was your mindset going in and how were you able to pull off the victory? The 50 is a tough event, it’s always really close. I knew it would come down to the last couple of lengths. I just really wanted to prove what I had worked for the entire season. My coach kept telling me I had every opportunity to win and I just went after it.
Describe the win in the 200 free relay. You swam the second leg in that one. We had every opportunity to get the (district) record. Haley (Thier) got us out there and had a very fast time. I just wanted to build upon her lead and keep the momentum going for our team.
Could you ask for a better weekend? It’s an incredible feeling especially to get the backstroke record. It was 20 years old and the former person who had it was a Prep swimmer (Sue Janoski). So to have that is such an incredible feeling and gives me a lot of hope going into states. Had you been shooting for the record in the 100 backstroke? Last year, I was a tenth off, so I knew I was very close. I knew I could definitely go faster this year. So going in I definitely was aiming for that record.
Thoughts and goals for the state meet: I really think our relays will do well placing. We did well last year, got third and fourth. I think we can do better this year. I feel like we’re stronger and have been putting up better times than we have in the past. Individually, I definitely want to have some of my best times if possible. With some more taper, I’ll be able to get down to some more faster times. And definitely place as high as I can.
Post-graduation plans: Hopefully I will be swimming in college and pursuing a pre-med track somewhere.