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January 4, 2013

NT's Nick Vossler leading the Lumberjacks

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Tonawanda News — Vossler has battled asthma since he was a little kid and it continues to flare up every once in a while, but he is never phased by his ailment. McDonnell said his determination as a swimmer is never more evident than when he comes back after sitting out to catch his breath.

Swimming in the relays for the Lumberjacks has been Vossler’s most memorable experience this season. He likes the teamwork aspect to the race and said he feels like everyone pushes each other to be better.

His strongest event is the 200 IM and McDonnell said he’s put in a lot of work to be the team’s threat in a race that most swimmers struggle to master.

Vossler said it’s his mindset that’s allowed him to separate himself from the rest of the pack.

”The 200 IM is like the 200 medley relay, but you’re doing it all yourself,” he said. “I love it and I perform the best at it. I have to put myself in a whole different mindset for the IM than other events. I feel like I’m stronger when I swim that event because not everybody can do all four strokes very efficiently. It works really well with me and I love it. I power through it.”

McDonnell said Vossler is having success because of the work he has put in, and he expects him to continue to perform well for the Jacks.

”Like everything else, (having success in the pool) takes a dedication to improve and a commitment to the sport,” McDonnell said. “The top finishers put 100 percent in at practice and knowing how they train at practice, reflects how they swim at meets.”

North Tonawanda is back in the pool today on the road against Lockport at 5 p.m.

Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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