The Brighton graduate has won conference championships in both seasons, including winning the 1650 and 500 freestyle events this winter. The talented distance swimmer is already working on his next goal - qualifying for the NCAA national meet.
Nothing gets a swimmer through the monotony of long workouts like the thoughts of a championship meet. For John Nasky though, a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo and Brighton graduate, the first two postseasons of his college career has come with another hurdle - bronchitis.
Along with thinking about capturing a league championship, Nasky had to deal with a cough and the breathing problems that come with the infection.
The Baron standout’s head was apparently in the right place. Not even bronchitis could slow down one of the SUNYAC’s most promising swimmers.
Nasky has won conference championships in both seasons, including winning the 1650 and 500 freestyle events this winter. The talented distance swimmer is already working on his next goal - qualifying for the NCAA national meet.
“The season had its ups and downs,” Nasky said. “This was the first year I had trained the entire year. From last season to this season I took a few weeks off but not much time. I came into this season expecting a lot out of myself because I was more fresh for the season.”
Nasky’s win in the 1650 came in impressive fashion as he out touched SUNY Cortland’s Andrew Cremer in the finals. His time of 16:02.50 set a SUNYAC Championship meet record.
Nasky recorded an NCAA “B” cut time for the second straight year in the event.
Nasky showed early in the SUNYAC Championships he wasn’t going to let the bronchitis slow him down, setting a meet record in the 500 free (4:37.94). He defeated Cremer by less than a second in the 500 finals.
“I swam a fast time in the prelims and that put me on cloud nine,” Nasky said. “At that point, I wanted to win, my main goal is to swim fast. If I had lost (in the 500), I wouldn’t have been down on myself because I got a fast time. I really enjoy fast races.”
Nasky came to the SUNY Geneseo campus with an excellent background in distance swimming, but Blue Wave head coach Paul Dotterweich had bigger ideas for him than just the 200 and 500 free. In one of Nasky’s first college meets, Dotterweich put him in the 1650.
“You have to choose the right type of person, they have to fit the event mentally and physically,” Dotterweich said. “We were looking at (Nasky) coming out of high school, the longer he went the better he got. I saw he could handle the challenge.”
Dotterweich had plenty of coaching help from talented Geneseo distance swimmers Nate Foley and Jeff Foley, who mentored the newcomer early in the season. Perhaps the veterans advice paid off too well.
Nasky ended his first season by knocking off Foley, the three-time SUNYAC Champion in the 1650, at the SUNYAC championship meet by over 13 seconds.
Page 2 of 2 - “I got bronchitis before going to SUNYAC’s, so I didn’t really swim as fast as I could have but I still had fun,” Nasky said. “I liked the group of guys I was training with. They helped me transition from high school to college. It was a lot smoother thanks to them.”
Nasky enjoyed plenty of individual success at Brighton and helped the Barons win Class B sectional titles in 2009 and ‘11. Not qualifying for sectionals his freshman year had the biggest impact on the rest of his career.
Nasky swam double practices to build up yardage and qualified for sectionals his sophomore year. He ended his career by finishing fourth at the state meet in the 500 free.
“To say that John improved over the course of his time with me to be one of the best swimmers that I have coached would be an understatement,” said Ben Vick, Brighton head coach. “John is the type of individual who sets expansive goals for himself and has a focus, will, and drive to not only achieve, but overachieve.”