Broken Arrow's Joe Natale – Character Counts Presented by Excel Therapy

Excel swimming - Jan 19

A member of the AP Club at Broken Arrow High School, varsity swimmer Joe Natale admits this season has been tough, but he is ready to show what Broken Arrow swimming can do at state. 

“My team is extremely close. We are all very supportive of each other and do everything in our power to help each other succeed in and out of the pool. I trust my teammates to an incomprehensible extent and love all of them like my family,” said Natale. “This has been my most challenging season so far. I struggled with the mental aspect of the sport, but I eventually regained my drive and motivation to get in and swim.” 

Natale started his swim career as a freshman, and he knew swimming for the Tigers was something he always wanted to do. 

“I started swimming my freshman year, but I knew I wanted to swim for Broken Arrow long before that,” said Natale. 

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Now a junior, Natale will swim several events including the 50 free, 100 free, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay (backstroke) and the 200 free relay. Natale looks to a teammate for inspiration. 

“Annie Kramer, a senior on our team, has heavily influenced me these past few months and has helped me better myself in lots of ways. She is so hard working in everything she does and I can’t help being inspired by her. The entire team will tell you that her positivity is what gets us through meets,” said Natale. 

In the classroom, Natale approaches his studies in a similar fashion as his swimming. 

“Academics are very important to me. I love learning new things and applying them in creative ways,” said Natale. “I plan on swimming in college and studying English.”  

When his time at Broken Arrow comes to an end, Natale said he will remember how much fun it was being a part of a great team with great teammates and coaches. 

“I will remember all of the fun times I’ve had with all of my teammates, especially all of the outrageous discussions we’ve had.”