2017-03-22 / Sports

MVP Patterson guided Rams with mental toughness

Associate Sports Editor

KENNEBUNK — The Kennebunk girls swimming and diving has been one of the state’s top programs in recent years, and won the 2017 Southwesterns along with a sixth-place finish at states.

The Rams were loaded with swimmers in 2016-17, however, perhaps their most dangerous asset was diver Emma Patterson, who has won back-to-back state titles for Kennebunk.

“Emma has provided consistency and talent to our team over the last three seasons,” said Kennebunk coach Andrew Coulombe. “Many of the teams we compete against do not have a diving team so having an exceptionally strong diver such as Emma on our team puts us at a real advantage.”

Things were not always easy for Patterson. Despite dealing with injuries early and late in the season, including an injury days prior to the state championship, she persevered and put on a show on Maine’s biggest stage.

Coulombe has been impressed with Patterson’s drive as an athlete, and has also been proud to see her mental toughness and experience shine through when the stakes were high.

“Emma puts a lot of effort into improving and competing as a diver. One thing that stands out to me is her ability to rise to the occasion, especially at the state championship meets,” said Coulombe. “As the two-time defending state champion in Class B, Emma is proven that she can overcome physical and mental challenges to be the best diver she can be.”

A junior, Patterson will likely be back in the pool for Kennebunk in the 2017-18 Winter. The Rams hope to once again compete for a state championship, and expect to see Patterson lead the way once again.

“The team will be looking for Emma to continue to build off of her previous successes and continue to be a strong performer at our championship meets at the end of the season,” said Coulombe. “No matter what happens, she has already has a career to be proud of.”

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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