By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, November 29, 2022–Isabella Callaway Coy is a self-starter when it comes to her motivation in swimming.

“I think I’m motivated to work hard,” Callaway Coy said. “I want to get on to Silver, that’s my goal right now.”

Callaway Coy, 13, a home schooler in seventh and eighth grade courses, is a member of the Senior Development Group. She is constantly striving to improve at practice and swim meets.

“Isabella is by far one of my most motivated swimmers,” said her coach Kenzy Green. “She’s committed to getting better and always tries to do everything right and pushes herself. She even asked me if she could move from the B group to the A group because she just really wants to get better.”

At her most recent meet, the Nov. 18-19 SOFLO Last Chance Meet at Academic Village Pool, Callaway Coy had five time drops in six events she competed in. She dropped 14.92 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle; 1.75 in the 100-yard breaststroke; 1.93 in the 200-yard individual medley; 3.39 in the 200-yard breaststroke; and 0.71 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Callaway Coy started swimming when she was 5. She first took Swim America lessons at Coral Springs Aquatic Center. She then joined her neighborhood recreational league team Margate Motion when she was 8. At 11 she took a long break when her family went on a cross country road trip. The family then went to Cape Canaveral where her father was deployed for the Air Force. Her family returned to Pembroke Pines where she started swimming with SOFLO in April.

“I was excited to get back to swimming,” Callaway Coy said. “At first it was hard since it was a USA Swimming team. Then it got easier and now I really love it.”

Callaway Coy loves being around her teammates and coaches.

“I like going to see my friends and swimming with them and seeing myself improve,” she said. “I’d like to thank Coach George, Coach Jack and Coach Kenzy. They help me a lot.

“I am competitive. I like competing and it relaxes my mind.”

Callaway Coy is currently training for the Dec. 16-18 Holiday Champs at Sunrise which she has qualified for. She is close to qualifying for the Dec. 8-11 Winter Championships at Plantation.

During her break from swimming, Callaway Coy competed in track and field for the South Florida Heat. She ran the half mile, mile and two-mile relay which helped her get into shape for swimming. She also likes to do art (painting and drawing) and playing guitar. “Since I home school it gives me time to do lots of things,” Callaway Coy said.

Her goals for the future include moving up the ladder of the various SOFLO team groups, swimming in high school and earning a college scholarship.

“She’s always excited to see the practice and finds the good things in every tough practice instead of hyperfocusing on the pain and difficulty of a set,” Green said. “She’s a great team player and lifts those around her up with her positive attitude. I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes her.”

Callaway Coy is the second member of her family to earn TYR Swimmer of the Month honors. Her brother Lincoln was the September TYR Boy Swimmer of the Month.

Cristina Calloway Coy, a masters swimmer and mother of three swimmers, loves having all her kids in one sport.

“I think about parents that are going and dropping one off to gymnastics, another at soccer and another at swimming and I think how do you survive that?” she said.

“I am very glad that all three of my kids like swimming and I do, too. It makes it easy we all do one thing. I love watching them swim, practice, dive off the blocks and see them getting better and better. With dedication in this sport and good coaching, kids can achieve their goals and that’s encouraging to see.

“This is something you can do until you’re 95, it’s something you can do to stay healthy,” Cristina added. “It sets the bar for health whether you keep competing or not.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Callaway Coy joins SOFLO teammates Jianna Amores (September), Carolina Carrera (August), Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com