Female Athlete of the Month: Naomi Rossow

Naomi Rossow

By Milan Eagle media

Naomi Rossow, a senior at Milan High School, was born in St. Louis, MO. Naomi’s parents meet while attending Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. Her family moved to Texas when she was in the 2nd grade and later to Michigan when she was in the 6th grade.
Her father is a 3rd generation pastor and her mother specializes in elementary education. Noami has two younger sisters Liz and Kate and a younger brother Calab.
Naomi said her mom and her aunt were swimmers. Her mom taught her to swim, she said, “I can’t remember when, seems I’ve always been comfortable in the water.”
Noami’s friend, Lia Iverson, attends church at St. Luke’s in Ann Arbor and she is the one that got Naomi interested in swimming in Milan. High school was the first time she’d participated in sports. This is her 4th year swimming for MHS, she’s distance swimmer 500, 200 and relays. She said her first year as a freshman she swam all events and last year she became distance and she hopes to make the state cut in 500 this year.
“I have made a lot of friends being on the swim team, all the girls are really nice and I love the coaches”, she said.
Past spring Naomi was an actress in the school play I Love A Piano and next spring she will be in the musical Mary Poppins. Last year Naomi was in Concert Choir and this year she has advanced to the high school Chamber Choir. Naomi lives in Ypsilanti and commutes to Milan High School. Her favorite subject is math. After graduation she’s not sure where she’ll go to college but she’s considering Wayne State or Eastern Michigan University to study elementary education or nursing. She wants to keep swimming but not sure if competitively. Swimming is hard and consumes a lot of time, now she gets up at 4:45 a.m. and swims an hour before school and then another 2.5 hours after school.
Following in her footsteps, sister Liz, a sophomore, is on the dive team at MHS and also the Choir.
“Naomi is a tremendously driven young lady, both in the classroom and the pool.  She started swimming her freshmen year, and has developed into a very talented swimmer, who is on track to possibly be a State Qualifier this season.  Naomi is an incredible team mate to those around her, and helped each of the other girls be the best they can be, by supporting them and helping them achieve their goals.  She was selected by her team and the coaching staff to serve as  a captain this season.  Naomi is just an incredible young lady and we are very lucky to have her in our program.” Coach Daniel Heikka

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