CRANFORD MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Kymonie Thomas-Nagil, swim team captain

Cranford High School varsity swim team captain Kymonie Thomas-Nagil, a senior, has been on the varsity swim team for the past four years. He is one of the captains and one of the top sprinters. He currently swims the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, which he had a personal best of 53.27 last month, and enjoys swimming the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly, when he can. Kymonie arrives at the pool everyday before practice starts and can be found swimming laps on his own almost half an hour before the rest of the team arrives to the pool. Kymonie is looking to swim in college and is hoping to earn some scholarship money to help him with his college choice. He formerly swam with the Cranford Gators Club team for many years and, prior to that, he was with a club team in Plainfield.
— Coach Colleen Donnelly

If he could have any superpower, what would it be?
“It would be telekinesis, because I would have the ability to control things with my mind and know about events before they occur.”

Who is your favorite athlete?
“Allen Iverson, because as a young kid, he didn’t have much, but he never game up and kept grinding to become a phenomenal basketball player/athlete.”

What is your favorite school subject?
“Math, because I love the challenge that numbers present and solving them gives me a sense of accomplishment.”

What is your favorite game?
“Monopoly, because I love the feeling of how it would be to be an
entrepreneur and business owner.”

What is your greatest accomplishment?
“Being able to say that I bought my own car a month after my
17th birthday.”

What are your favorite hobbies?
“Swimming, bike riding, spending quality time with my family and
watching Netflix.”

What is your favorite book?
“‘The Giver,’ by Lois Lowry, because in the book, people live in a utopia where everything is in black and white. However, the main character, Jonas, is assigned to be the next receiver of memory and is one of the only people in his society to see things in color and feel emotion. The reason why I enjoyed this book so much is because it allows me to realize that life isn’t just black and white, but instead a multitude of different shades and colors.”

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would that be?
“I would go to Fiji, because I would love to go swimming in the clear water on the beaches.”

What is your favorite season?
“Summer, because I enjoy the long summer days, so I can go on long bike rides, go to the beach and hang out with my friends.”

What is your zodiac sign?
“Leo and it fits my personality, because Leos tend to be creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted people who love to have fun with friends, while being cheerful and humorous.”

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