Ellington SAM Rachel Ziter

Rachel was inducted into the National Honor Society at the end of her junior year. As a scholar athlete, she has been ranked in the top 10 percent of her class during her years at EHS. She has been a four-year varsity player on both the soccer and the lacrosse teams. She also did indoor track this year, which was something new for her. She got the opportunity to meet new people and learn new techniques that she can now apply to my other sports. Rachel was captain of the soccer team both junior and senior year and is currently one of the captains of the lacrosse team. She received the Coach’s Award her sophomore and senior years of soccer, and became an All-Conference soccer player as a senior. 

How Rachel prepares for a game: When I prepare for a game, like most other athletes, I put my headphones in and listen to music for about an hour before the game. I typically have a strong focus the entire day leading up to game time, imagining what I need to do in my head in order to perform my best when the game begins. Keeping myself mentally prepared is probably the key to performing well. I like to set personal goals in my head of what I want to accomplish each game and always try to improve on mistakes from the previous practice or game.

What Rachel is most excited about this season: I think the thing I’m most excited about this season is completing my final season as a Knight with the six other seniors on my team. Some of us have been playing sports together since we were in second grade. It’s really exciting to be finishing my final season here with girls that I’ve gotten the opportunity to grow up with and call my family. I wouldn’t want to spend my last lacrosse season in Ellington any other way.

Rachel’s most memorable moment as a high school athlete: Although it is not necessarily the happiest moment, my most memorable moment as a high school athlete is the definitely the day of my last soccer game as a senior. We were knocked out of the tournament and for nearly an hour after the game, the other seniors and I sat arm in arm on our home bench one last time to look at our field and soak in the moment that our last day here had finally come. We cried together and laughed together as we remembered some of our best moments spent on that field, including some funny moments and big wins we earned over our four years here.

What Rachel hopes to accomplish this season: I think one of our goals this season is to come together as a team. For the past few years, we have not been able to have very strong team chemistry but this year, we have started to come together as one. We are hoping to make it to the state tournament and to continue improving our stick skills and teamwork every day.

Rachel’s favorite pro or college athlete: Growing up, Mia Hamm was always my favorite athlete to look up to. I also am really inspired by any Olympic athletes, no matter what the sport.

Rachel’s college plans: I am attending University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing in the fall. I hope to earn my RN degree after four years and to continue my education to earn my Master’s degree, possibly specifying in Pediatric Oncology.

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