Devastator of the Week: Avery Rappaport `26
Hometown: Simsbury, CT
This week’s Devastator of the Week is Mules Diver Avery Rappaport `26. During her rookie season, Rappaport was a star for Colby Swim and Dive, breaking all four of the College’s diving records on her way to a third-place finish at the NESCAC Championships in one-meter diving.
An All-NESCAC performer in only her first season, Rappaport sustained a shoulder injury following her first event at the NESCAC meet, ending her season early and preventing her from advancing to the regional championships.
As a group, Colby Women’s Swim finished eighth in the NESCAC, scoring sixty-two more points than the prior season and advancing two swimmers to the national qualifiers.
Throughout their season, the Mules broke seven school records, including Rappaport’s four historic scores. Mules swimmers Ann Tolan `23 and Gabriella Landau `25 will compete in the Division III National Qualifiers next month. Tolan will swim in the 50-meter Freestyle, while Landau will compete in the 100-meter Backstroke.
Following her dominant season, Rappaport took some time to discuss her season with The Colby Echo.
The Colby Echo (CE): What personal accomplishment are you most proud of from this season?
Avery Rappaport (AR): I would say probably the school records that were broken. It’s probably one of the most accomplished things I’ve done this season. I was just excited that it happened. It wasn’t something that I expected to do when I got here.
CE: What do you think was the team’s biggest accomplishment this season?
AR: I would say working together as a team and all the cheering for each other, as we really came together this year and became more of a collective.
CE: What is your favorite thing about being on the team?
AR: I really just like the team aspect of it, having a separate group of friends that all love the sport of swimming and diving. It’s exciting to work together and accomplish our goals.
CE: What are your focuses for the offseason?
AR: I’m working on getting stronger and dealing with my injury, which is not ideal, but overall just staying in shape and staying connected with the team. I’m looking forward to next year already.
CE: On that note, what are some goals that you have for next season?
AR: Honestly, just staying more consistent and hopefully advancing to the regional and national meets next season.
~ Matt Quealy ’26
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