Alanna Nawrocki may have been in East Islip for less than a year, but the graduating senior has made a big splash. Her splendid All-Long Island swimming skills not only earned her the opportunity to represent EI at this year’s state meets in Buffalo, but have now helped her ace a spot on the swimming team at Bucknell University.
Nawrocki plans to major in psychology at Bucknell, a top-ranked liberal arts college founded in 1846 and located in Lewisburg, Penn. The Bison swim team, led by head coach Dan Schinnerer, is a successful member of the highly competitive Patriot League in Division I.
“I chose Bucknell because of the beautiful campus, wonderfully innovative programs and amicable team,” Nawrocki explained. “I met with coach Schinnerer and the team on my recruiting trip, instantly fell in love and committed shortly afterward. I want to be part of something extraordinary, and in my meeting with the coach, I knew that I could see myself there for the next four years. Bucknell really has the perfect combination of academics and athletics.”
It was only last summer that Nawrocki relocated from Florida to East Islip. Having trained since age nine, she had been a top swimmer at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Fla. At first she had difficulty with the transition to life on Long Island, but that soon changed. “I was so graciously welcomed,” she said, “and now I feel like a part of the community, both here and with my swim team.” Before long, Nawrocki had gained attention for her superb swimming skills (she competed in the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla. in March and regularly trains with the Long Island Aquatic Club in Eisenhower Park) as well as her scholarly acumen and strength of character. She was a member of this year’s East Islip High School Academic Team and has received a Presidential Award for her community service.