Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
She began swimming on doctors orders 10 years ago, and just can't stop.
Union-Endicott's Sarah Esposito stays busy out of the pool as well, keeping up a 95 average.
Gabe Osterhout has more on this senior standout in this week's Mirabito academic all star.
"I started swimming in 2nd grade with my brother."
Union-Endicott senior Sarah Esposito has a genetic disorder and doctors advised her not to play any contact sports.
Instead, she got in the pool, and taught herself to do the backstroke while on family vacations.
"My doctor recommended it because it's not a sport where I can hurt myself because I have weaker ankles and wrists and stuff so contact sports aren't really the best idea so he suggested swimming because it's a good aerobic sport and you get a lot of physical activity and a good workout from it."
Esposito has been on the Tigers varsity swim team for 4 years, and is one of the leaders of this year's team.
And coach Joe Peranski says she will be sorely missed when she graduates.
"It's going to be a big gap to fill when she leaves because she and her family are both real, real supportive of the team and helps us out."
Esposito is also a member of the Tigerettes, a dance team that performs with the marching band.
Inside the classroom, Esposito has a 95 average.
Not bad considering her entire schedule is made up of AP classes.
And she thinks swimming has helped her academics.
"The work ethic you have to have in the pool, like being motivated and pushing through is something you have to use in school like if you have a math problem you don't get, you need to push through and work and ask your coach or teacher how to do it."
Esposito wants to major in history in college, then go to law school to become a child advocacy lawyer.
She admits she probably won't swim competitively in college.
But Esposito adds swimming will always be a part of her life.
And that's why Sarah Esposito is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Endicott, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.