Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Tori Fountain

Nov 5, 2015 8:13 PM by Ross Field

This week's Scholar Athlete is just as impressive in the classroom as she is in the pool. Action News Now's Ross Field filed the following report.

Tori Fountain is never a fish out of water.

"Land sports are not really my thing," Fountain said. "The water is where I belong. I feel at home there and I believe it's where I am supposed to be."

The Orland High senior started swimming when she was four.

A few days a week, she heads to the pool to get practice in before school even starts

"It definitely teaches you dedication and motivation, it taught me how to push myself way farther than I thought I could ever be. It's helped me to be my best self," said Fountain.

"She didn't miss a practice, she was awesome, she's there on time, she actually opens up the pool before I get there and closes the poll when I leave," said Betsy Aird, Orland High swim coach.

Fountain's dedication has payed off.

On Saturday, at the Masters Championships at Shasta College, Fountain won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races en route to being named Female Swimmer of the meet.

"It was way cool, I didn't know that was a thing so I was really surprised," said Fountain.

"I think Tori kind of is the whole package, she works hard in the pool, she has a lot of fun, she's a great team leader and she has a great feel for the water," said Aird.

Fountain is just as dedicated in the classroom as she is in the water, carrying a 3.65 GPA.

"I try to be the best I can, I think it's important to know things, just to learn about the world and be educated about things," said Fountain.

Fountain is being recruited for swimming and hopes to stick with it in college and with every lap a scholarship inches closer.

"I think she's barely tapped into what she's going to do in the future, so it's pretty exciting to watch her," said Aird.

Orland High School's Tori Fountain is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.


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