SOUTHINGTON - As a swimmer, Olivia Fournier’s time in the water is measured in hundreds of seconds. And more often than not, those seconds have been better than any of her competition.
The senior is leaving Southington High School as the most decorated swimmer in the program’s history. During her four years at Southington, Fournier has broken and re-broken numerous records including the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, the medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
The most recent records she set were in her final Class LL meet. Fournier finished the 50 freestyle in eighth place with a time of 24.63 and the 100 freestyle in 11th place with a time of 53.52. During the 100 freestyle, she split times of 25.63 and 27.89. Fournier also anchored the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:52.75).
Later on, during the State Open, Fournier helped break the 200 freestyle relay record after the anchor touched the pad at the 1:40.52 mark. As a sophomore, Fournier also broke the 200 freestyle record (1:59.57) as well as the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.16).
“Olivia literally owns half of the school record for the girls swim and dive program,” Southington swimming and diving coach Evan Tuttle said. “She has led her team as captain her senior year leaving behind a legacy of what hard work and devotion to a sport can achieve.”
The combination of Fournier’s work ethic, along with her talent, throughout her four years has earned her plenty of accolades. She earned all-conference and All-State every single year. She has also won nine conference titles in her time at Southington.
Although Fournier has had much success, the waters do get choppy from time to time.
“The past four years have been an up and down battle,” Fournier said. “There was good and bad but I tried to work really hard to achieve my goals as an individual academically and athletically.”
Fournier’s number one goal, every year, was to make the State open. Even though the seasons would end, her training did not. Fournier would swim during the offseason with her club team to work on all of the little things, especially her technique. During a sprinters race, every little thing counts because the distance is so short.
Fournier not only worked on her own technique, but helped those alongside of her.
“Others have always gravitated towards Olivia in order to benefit from the spirit and approach to all that she does,” Tuttle said. “She always pursues what is selfless, rather than selfish, and her talent and character have more than served her well. Myself, her teammates and many more have benefitted and become better because of her.”
In the fall, Fournier will be attending Trinity College where she will be continuing her swimming career at the next level.
“I chose trinity because of its rigorous academics and its competitive swim program,” Fournier said. “When I first stepped on the campus I instantly felt at home and was welcomed by the coach and the team. I immediately knew that was where I wanted to spend my next four years. I’m so ready and excited to take on the challenges that I have a head of me.”
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org