Upper Arlington’s Fishback named Ohio Girls Swimmer of the Year

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Upper Arlington senior Darcy Fishback. (Joe Maiorana/impactactionphotos.com)

Upper Arlington senior Darcy Fishback was a bit surprised when she
found out she had been named the Ohio High Magazine/Huntington Bank
Girls Swimmer of the Year. Despite the initial reaction, there was nothing unexpected about the
finish to her outstanding high school swimming career the past four
seasons.


Fishback featured in current FREE issue of Ohio High Magazine

Upper Arlington senior Darcy Fishback was a bit surprised when she found out she had been named the Ohio High Magazine/Huntington Bank Girls Swimmer of the Year.

Despite the initial reaction, there was nothing unexpected about the finish to her outstanding high school swimming career the past four seasons.

“It was really fun,” Fishback said of her senior season. “Everything went as I expected and hoped it would be. It’s kind of sad not to be going to Canton anymore, but I felt like my time was good. It’s time to move on and I know I’ve grown individually.”

In February, Fishback, an Auburn signee, won her fourth consecutive Division I title in the 100 butterfly (53.83) and set a state record in the prelims (53.38) at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium. She was also the anchor on the 200 freestyle relay that set a state record in 1:34.24.

All of that helped Upper Arlington to win its fifth consecutive Division I state title. The Golden Bears defeated Watterson 349-176 in the final standings.

Fishback said it wasn’t just about her performances. She thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the relay.

“I always cherish relays,” said Fishback. “It’s more than you – it’s about your team and your school. Relays are definitely a focus of mine.”

Upper Arlington coach Dan Peterkoski said Fishback was always clutch in the postseason. She was a vocal leader the entire season.

“It was a lot of fun to have Darcy for the last four years,” Peterkoski said. “She understands herself very well. She was one of the athletes that taught me as much as I hope to have taught her.”

Fishback said she never took anything for granted during this past winter.

“I think because we’ve had a lot of success in the past, so the key was we tried not to be overconfident about (the season),” Fishback said. “We always wanted to start from scratch.”

Fishback, 17, is blessed with a ton of natural ability, but is also able to effectively lead her teammates in a significant manner, Peterkoski said.

“Darcy is like most of the athletes on my team with regards to practice,” Peterkoski said. “She works hard consistently throughout the year and remains focused on her goals when things get difficult.”

Peterkoski said Fishback could’ve helped Auburn succeed this season so he has no doubt the standout will succeed in the Southeastern Conference the next four years.
Auburn co-head women’s coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker said Fishback should give the Tigers some additional depth as freshman next season.

“Darcy has shown amazing talent during her high school career,” Tierney-Walker said. “She is absolutely incredible in the butterfly.  She’s worked very hard to get to where she is right now and I’m sure her success will continue in Auburn.”

Fishback, who would like major in secondary math education, said she felt comfortable with the Auburn staff and team.

“I love the team atmosphere,” Fishback said. “It was like a family, it just felt right.”
Fishback said she would like to win an NCAA title – either individual, relay or as a team sometime in her college career. All three would be preferable, but Fishback knows not many competitors win a title.

“I expect big things from Darcy in the future,” Peterkoski said. “She is the real thing when it comes to an elite athlete. Once she settles in with her Auburn coaches and they get to know her, she will show a lot of improvement. She has a lot of areas she can still grow in which will help her performances.”

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