William Monroe swimmer Lauren Field will compete in the Bull Run District meet this weekend, hoping to eventually return to states for a second time. But Field isn’t just one of Monroe’s fastest female swimmers, she is also one of the school’s top students.
The Green Dragon senior has been swimming since she was five years old. "I was actually bribed with a bag of bubble gum to start the team, and so ever since then I've just done it," she says of her beginnings in the sport.
Now, after more than a decade in the pool, she is one of the Green Dragons’ top swimmers and a two-year team captain.
"Lauren is certainly in one of the top three or four female swimmers that I've coached during our time at William Monroe,” said head swimming coach Chris Taylor. “She means a lot to the other swimmers on the team. They look up to her, and she's been an excellent example of an athlete for our team for four years now."
In addition to swimming, Field is a two-year captain of the William Monroe soccer team. She is also in the top five of her class academically.
"My family, I just feel like academics really makes them proud, just always doing my work and trying to please them the best I can,” she says of her motivation to stay dedicated to her schoolwork. “Bringing home good grades, it makes me feel like I'm doing a good job for them, so they're really what motivates me."
When Field isn’t studying or taking part in sports, she’s actively involved with her community as president of Monroe’s Beta Club.
"We do a lot with relay for life, or at least I do, because my mom does a lot with it and that’s a big project we do. We usually do the 24 hour walk-a-thon."
She is also committed to another cause that’s personal to her, helping teens with a condition called ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory disease that affects the intestine. She started a support group after dealing with it for years when she was younger.
"I was diagnosed in middle school with it, and I dealt with that throughout middle school and then my freshman year of high school, and then I had a surgery to take care of all of it. Since then, I've helped teenagers, mostly girls, deal with that.”
Despite her busy schedule, Field makes sure she’s there to offer support whenever she can.
"Whenever they're in the hospital or just whenever they're struggling,
I try to help them, like talk them through it. It's good having someone that's been through it."