Poughkeepsie girls swimming caps breakout run with sportsmanship award

Poughkeepsie girls swimming caps breakout run with sportsmanship award

With every bit of verve and excitement one would expect of a middle-schooler, Israa Hadine applauded and cheered loudly from the pool deck throughout each meet. Swimmers would be greeted with kudos or words of encouragement, accompanied by a warm smile.

“She’s probably our most prominent figure on the deck during competition,” Poughkeepsie girls swimming coach Galen Franchek said of the eighth-grader, who already is assuming a leadership role. “From start to finish, she doesn’t mind. She wants to share her enthusiasm with everyone.”

Including the opponents.

Poughkeepsie girls swimming caps breakout run with sportsmanship award

It made little difference to Hadine what the score was at the time. If the Pioneers were trailing considerably, leading comfortably, or locked in a taut contest and desperate for every point, she was sure to show her appreciation for the efforts of each person involved in the meet.

Franchek said she always has encouraged her team to be good sports — respectful to everyone and even amiable in competition. Making a positive impression is especially important, the coach said, “when you’re the team that’s different and is sometimes looked at differently.”

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