Senior Spotlight – Lauren Cusick
Lauren Rachelle Cusick is a senior at Creekside High School who has swam for the Creekside Knights swim team for four years now. Swimming for the last ten years, Lauren has competed for both CKST and Loggerhead Aquatics. This breaststroker has made many memories from the high school swim team, her most memorable being Creekside’s victory at the Florida State Pool Association Invitational meet, in 2016. Winning both first place in swimming and team spirit, the team became very close – another reason Lauren loves swimming for Creekside. Since the team is about to enter it’s postseason, Lauren hopes to drop time and help CKST win back their title from Bartram Trail at the Districts meet this year.
All swimmers know that to get better, they don’t only practice in the water. The high school swim team has dry land once a week, and although some swimmers don’t enjoy being on land, Lauren finds that it definitely helps her performance in the water, “I can feel myself progressively getting stronger each race.” All CKST swimmers look forward to the sunrise each morning, because it means practice is close to being finished! Waking up at 5AM everyday can make staying awake challenging to some, but Lauren says it actually keeps her more alert in the mornings. “[it’s] good because all of my AP classes are in the morning, but I slowly start to feel tired throughout the day, and once I’m finally home, [the tiredness] just hits me.” Between early daily practices, weekly dry land workouts, school, friends, and family, Lauren has learned a lot about responsibility and time management. When she isn’t swimming or at school, Lauren loves to stay involved with her church, spending time with her friends, and going to the beach. Although she isn’t planning on swimming at college next year, Lauren hopes to be attending Louisiana State University.
Now a senior, Lauren wants to try new things. Contrary to the popular belief, some swimmers enjoy, and are good at, running. Lauren is thinking about trying track during her last year, as it’s something she has wanted to do for a while. Speaking of last chances, her favorite thing about being a senior at CHS is “since it’s your last time for everything, each little moment is bittersweet.” We wish all the best to Lauren in her last few weeks of Creekside swim, and throughout her last year at Creekside high school. –Senior Spotlight written by Student Journalist, Veronica Czajkowski
Coach Spotlight – David Hudson
Coach David Hudson is currently in his second season as the Head Boy’s Golf coach at Creekside High School. Coach Hudson has a wealth of experience as a teacher and coach. As a graduate of the University of Florida in 1987 in Exercise and Sport Sciences, he has taught physical education for 29 years, including being a part of the Creekside staff since its opening in 2008. His coaching experience includes assistant coach for girls’ basketball at Ribault high school for 16 years, head coach of volleyball at Ribault High School for 13 years, head coach girls’ basketball at St. Augustine High School for 5 years, head coach girls’ basketball at Creekside High School for 4 years.
Aside from coaching, he has lived in the Jacksonville area for 30 years with his wife, Kathy, of 29 years and their two children – Kayla (22) and Andrew (19).
“We have a very talented team. Our expectation is to win. Every time our student-athletes compete, their goal is to be successful as a team.” – Coach Hudson