PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College Head Swimming and Diving Coach Nikki Rose has named junior Stephanie Papais (Sterling Heights, Mich./Bishop Foley) captain of the Storm women's team for its inaugural season.
""Stephanie has watched this program take shape and exudes the characteristics that represent the Storm swimming program," said Rose. "She is involved on campus, represents her school with pride, excels in the classroom, and most importantly- she uses all of her varying talents to help and promote the team."
Papais swam at Bishop Foley High School for four years and twice served as a team captain. At Lake Erie, she is a resident assistant, serves as a junior representative on the Equine Leadership Council and is a member of the school's English IHSA riding team. During the past two summers Papais worked at Camp Sue Osborne residential camp with special needs children. She assisted campers with daily activities such as art, cooking, dance, and swimming.
""Stephanie is a fantastic student-athlete, she is well respected by her teammates and leads by example. She arrives to practice mentally prepared to do everything to the best of her ability. She is focused and driven while taking a genuine interest in each of her teammates," Rose said. "She has a great work ethic and I expect to see huge improvements from her over the course of her first season swimming for the Storm!"
Papais is the daughter of Mike and Ann Papais. She has two younger siblings including one brother who also participates in varsity athletics at Webber International University in Florida.
The Storm makes its debut Friday, Oct. 15, against Urbana University at 6 p.m. at the Perry Community Fitness Center Pool in nearby Perry, Ohio.