Andie Unwin is naturally a competitive person.
Be it on the volleyball court, in the swimming pool and especially in the classroom, Unwin treats them all the same.
That drive has led Unwin to four state medals in swimming (one gold), the 2018 Class 5A State Championship in volleyball and currently being ranked No. 1 in the 2019 graduating class of Kingwood Park High School.
“She’s one of those kids that comes around once or twice in a coaching career,” Kingwood Park volleyball coach Kelly Miser said. “She really sets the example and sets the bar for what a true student-athlete should work toward.
“In terms of how much dedication and commitment she puts into everything she does is what really sets her a part.”
After her first semester of high school, Unwin was No.1. After her second, she was No. 2.
“That kind of motivated me,” Unwin said. “I feel like I’m a pretty competitive person, so even though it’s not a sporting event, it was something I wanted to win. It’s just been staying focused every single day, throughout the year, balancing sports and school and staying focused on the goal.”
In the process of taking care of business in the classroom, the results in the athletic realm have also come.
Last year the gold in swimming came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Unwin added a bronze in the 100-yard freestyle and a silver in 400- yard freestyle relay.
Fast forward to volleyball season. Unwin wasthe leader in assists (743) and aces (69), second in kills (291) and blocks (72) and fourth in digs (241) for Kingwood Park on the way to the program’s first-ever state championship.
“I can say, without a doubt, that we would be a completely different team without her on the floor,” Miser said. “She quietly flies under the radar, she doesn’t ask for any recognition for anything. That’s not what motivates her. She does it for her team.”
When looking back on the volleyball portion of her career, which she will finish as a state champion in, the team aspect is what she enjoyed the most.
“I think it’s being a part of this team,” Unwin said. "We've all, for the most part, played together for many years, even before we came to high school. We had that foundation and worked really well together and practices are always fun.
“Just getting to be successful with that team and getting to share that moment together was really great.”
Unwin doesn’t plan on pursuing an athletic career at the next level, meaning swimming will be her last sport to compete in.
Unwin has had a high interest in biology since her freshman year. With that in mind, she may venture into pre-med or biochemistry fields.
This article appears in the 2018 December Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations next week!