Welcome to our newest sibling trio Bella, Nate, and Miles Cratsenberg. These siblings are competitive swimmers for Bellingham Bay Swim Team.
“We got into swimming when Nate and I were 5 and 6 while living in Hawaii,” writes Bella. “My mom got a job coaching for Hawaii Swim Club to pay for the monthly fees but had no babysitter, so Miles was tossed into the water at age 3 with fins and a kick board! To this day, he can still out kick even the older kids!”
The Cratsenbergs are in the pool from 5:30 to 7:45 AM three days a week. In the afternoon they go to the gym for a 45 minute workout, then return to the pool for another 1.5 to 2 hours.
Bella is a distance swimmer and swims the mile, 1000 free, 500 free, and 400 individual medley (all four strokes). Nate is a middle distance swimmer and swims the 200 free, 500 free, and 200 butterfly. Miles is a sprinter and swims the 50 free, 200 free, and 50 fly.
“Swimming” says Bella, “gives us a strong sense of work ethic and drives us to do better in everything that we do. Being that committed and dedicated takes effort but none of it can be done without Christ. We pray as a family before we swim at a meet and He gives us strength to see us through. We are all committed to swimming through college and Nate has his sights set on Olympic trials in 2021.
“We have a new head coach who has coached Olympic swimmers Nathan Adrian and Dana Kirk. He has a different coaching philosophy which has completely transformed our swimming club. He teaches self motivation, responsibility and ownership to your own goals. He is amazing and has definitely set the bar high and showed us we can all reach it.”
And what do they think of ZLO? “ZLO is awesome! We like routine and being able to interact with kids and teachers and ZLO gives us flexibility to be able to rest! It’s a fun way to learn!”