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Student-Athlete Feature: Paige Kasemsuwannakaeth

Student-Athlete Feature: Paige Kasemsuwannakaeth

Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.

In this edition, we feature women's swimming freshman Paige Kasemsuwannakaeth.

Kasemsuwannakaeth joined the Bonnies from Springfield, Va., but her parents are originally from Thailand. She continues to compete at the national level in Thailand, winning four medals at the Thailand Championships over the past three years. Kasemsuwannakaeth's national achievements are highlighted by a silver medal in the 50-backstroke.

Before coming to St. Bonaventure this fall, Kasemsuwannakaeth swam in freestyle and backstroke events for West Springfield High School. She earned a role as team captain during her senior year and was a member of three school relay record teams.

In the classroom, Kasemsuwannakaeth is a biochemistry major.

What led you back to Thailand to compete?
I still have family that lives over there and I also have my citizenship there as well. My mom tried convincing me to compete over there three years ago and now I always go back and compete. I've gained so much experience competing internationally and I love going back. Winning medals at the Thailand Championships was the best experience ever.

How have you adapted to the new way of life on campus?
I have adapted by meeting a bunch of awesome people here and getting to know everyone or asking them for advice.

What did you do over the summer to try and stay in shape?
I was still able to swim, so I did that. I also biked a lot as well as some dryland training.

How have you been staying positive during all the uncertainty in the world right now?
I've been telling myself that things will get better soon if we all work together through these hard, uncertain times.

Why did you choose St. Bonaventure?
I chose St. Bonaventure because when I visited the campus was gorgeous and the people were so nice and welcoming. It really felt like home to me.

What advice would you give your fellow Bonnies?
To work hard, stay positive and get out of your comfort zone.

How have you been interacting with old teammates since moving to college?
I've been talking with old coaches and teammates through social media, calls and Facetime.

What keeps you motivated?
Knowing that things will get better soon and also knowing that I will be swimming and training soon.

Did you take on any new hobbies during quarantine?
Nothing that interesting besides a lot of cooking and watching Netflix.

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