Female Athlete of the Month: Sophia Morelock

Photo by Mary Racette
Sophia Morelock.

By Mary Racette

Sophia Morelock has shown exemplary characteristics of a Milan High School Athlete of the Month through her dedication to her school work and swimming career.  Morelock swims year round, competing on the Saline Swim Team and the MHS varsity team.
Raised in Milan, Morelock began swimming at the age of seven and has grown as a leader and athlete through the sport ever since.  Morelock has proven to be an accomplished swimmer, holding the title of Huron League Champion in the 100 meter backstroke for three consecutive years.  She has also made it to the State meet every year, and has qualified for finals twice in the 100 meter backstroke.
While Morelock humbly holds multiple championship titles, she claims that the most important part of the sport is the fun she has when she is swimming and spending time with her team.    She emphasizes the impact her teammates have in motivating her during meets and practices. Proudly recalling State Finals her junior year, she said, “I wasn’t having the best first day, but through the motivation from my coaches and team I was able to come back and drop time during the consolation finals”.  
This spring, Morelock was one of the two Michigan athletes to be chosen to attend the USA Swimming Leadership Summit in Texas.  During this experience, Morelock shares that she was given the opportunity to “become more outgoing and come out of my shell”.
Outside of athletics, Morelock has been a member of the National Honors Art Society since her freshman year and was inducted into the National Honors Society her sophomore year.   Morelock is also a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
With an honors and AP packed course schedule, Morelock currently holds a 4.1 GPA.  She especially enjoys her english and science classes.
Morelock is still deciding on what college is best for her, but she is certain that she wants to swim in high school.  She plans to study the health sciences in college and hopes to pursue a career in Occupational therapy because she says she “loves being with people”.

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