Sam Gillespie – Staff Writer
Trifecta athlete David Kriegsman has certainly been making waves lately. Not long after completing his championship season with the Big Red Machine, the middle linebacker dove headfirst into the pool to begin his senior season as captain of the Swim Team.
In addition to plugging up the holes in Big Red’s defensive line, Kriegsman has received a varsity letter all four years in swimming, as well as earning his letter on the track during the spring.
Kriegsman’s football foes followed him from the gridiron to the swimming pool, as Kriegsman led the team against Tri-Valley League rivals, losing only to Hopkinton and Medfield. The team defeated Dover-Sherborn, Ashland and Norton, as well as Nashoba Valley in the last, non-league meet. Finishing with a 4-2 record and third in the TVL, Kriegsman led the Holliston Swim team to its first winning season in 11 years.
“That’s all I ever really wanted, for the team to succeed,” the senior said on the winning season. “It’s a diverse group of kids, but everyone was hardworking and was willing to take their role so the team could win.”
Personally, the Holliston senior boasted excellent times in the freestyle competition and missed the state cutoff by only a second in the last meet against Nashoba. Although he struggled with shoulder injuries most of the season, Kriegsman overcame the adversity and placed first in his heat in the 100 meter freestyle in the league meet to cap off the season.
“The shoulder was not that big of a problem,” Kriegsman recollects. “I just wanted the best for the team, and if that meant that I had to be sidelined for a practice, then that was the course I chose.”
When asked what kind of conditioning was harder, in the water or out of the water, Kriegsman responded in saying that, “swimming is very different than football. It’s all core and cardio. However, dry land conditioning can be grueling as well, just in a different sense.”
As his senior year comes to a close, the athlete’s career is just beginning. Kriegsman will be attending Hamilton College in the fall of 2011 to play for the school’s football team either as a linebacker or a defensive end.
“Playing Division 3 football will be a big step up from the TVL, but I’m ready for the challenge,” Kriegsman said.
Although his days at Holliston High are numbered, Kriegsman’s love for the school and the Big Red Machine are exemplified by his leadership and prestige in football, swimming and track. Even if David Kriegsman won’t be competing for Holliston after this spring, he will always stay a Panther at heart.