Swim Senior Night special to coach as much as athletes
'20-'21 group part of Coach Beck's first freshmen class at BA
In the fall of 2017, incoming Broken Arrow swim coach Casey Beck introduced herself to her new team, which included eight freshmen. Some of those athletes have moved out of the district. Others to different sports. Two – Erica Frescott and Rachel Kramer – who are remain are now team captains.
The trio of coach and two swimmers has grown close over their four years together.
“This is my first class I have had all four years, so they are kind of special,” Beck said. “Erica and Rachel are great leaders to have on the team. They’ve seen me learn as a coach and, hopefully, they’ve learned as swimmers.”
“It’s definitely been a learning experience for the both of us,” Frescott said.
Kramer noted Beck’s energy and motivational ability to “push us through hard sets every single day.”
The two team captains’ admiration for their coach is equaled by the appreciation she has for her seniors.
“They’re great leaders to have on this team,” Beck said. “A big thing we have in the swim program is to trust the process. They have done it. They have both blended to the process.”
The mentor-student/coach-athlete relationship has blended as well.
“You know you can go to her for anything,” Kramer said of Beck. “She can be your friend, but at the end of the day she’s still our coach, and she teaches us things we can learn.”
The topic of conversation with which Beck is approached, are, more times than not, unexpected.
“They are constantly asking me questions, and not necessarily about swimming,” the coach said. “I used to get kind of worried, like ‘oh boy, what’s going to happen.’ But then it would be like ‘do you think that maroon is more purple or do you think it’s more red?’ They had the whole team in on that one.”
And the verdict, amongst Tiger swimmers anyway, is yet to be decided. Beck sides with Frescott in leaning to the red. Kramer, for the record, leans toward the purple.
The disagreement over nothing that matters at all, somewhat defines the Frescott-Kramer relationship.
“It was one of those moments where either you fight constantly with that person or you get along really well,” Frescott said of the beginning days of the friendship.”
Though not sharing classes together, they meet for lunch every day. Though not swimming the same races, they lead practice – along with their coach – every afternoon.
Says Kramer: “Erica is so funny. I know I can go to her with anything. She’s very encouraging. She’s also not afraid to tell me what she thinks. Honestly, I look up to that.”
Says Frescott: “Rachel, every time she laughs it makes me laugh. I know I can trust Rachel with anything I tell her. She’s just always so positive. Between the two of us, I’m kind of the meaner one of the two. I tell people what I think. She’s like, ‘ok, Erica, let’s be a little nicer.’” We balance each other out, I think.
The girls agree, as captains their personality differences work well for a team that is made up mostly of sophomores and freshman.
Frescott and Kramer will celebrate Senior Night Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.
“I’m going to be sad to see them go,” Beck said.
However, with senior night coming in the team’s opening meet of 2020, the seniors and Beck have the rest of the season to look forward to and not just regionals and state. So, another full season of growing, blending and thought-provoking questions awaits this trio.