Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 19, 2014

Alex Cleveland wins Mental Attitude Award

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Zionsville senior Alex Cleveland was heading back toward the Zionsville team seating area Saturday, Feb. 15, when she stopped to listen to the IHSAA announce the 2013-14 winner of the Mental Attitude Award in girls swimming. A look of shock came upon her face a short time later, when it was announced she was the recipient of the award, the first female swimmer to earn the honor for Zionsville and the 12th in any sport. "It means a lot," Cleveland said. "I think it speaks a lot about our team, that we have girls that can win an award like this. It is incredible. I was really surprised." Cleveland was in such shock, she initially didn't even notice her parents coming onto the pool deck. They had been notified of her win about four events from the end. "I was just thinking, 'what do I do now?'" Cleveland said. "Then they said my name. I was really happy they were here with me." Cleveland had a strong day at the state meet, placing second in two individual events (the 50- and 100-yard freestyles) and helped two relay teams place third overall. For more of this story, read the Feb. 19 edition of the Times Sentinel.