Cross-country sisters attribute college success to Bearcat coaches

Published 5:52 pm Friday, July 31, 2015

Sports sisters Amber and Paige Braswell, who ran cross-country and played soccer for the Bainbridge High School Lady Cats, are making a name for themselves at the college level.

Amber, who graduated in 2013, is running with coach Justin Lacovone’s Columbus State University Lady Cougars, where she is majoring in health services. Paige, who graduated in 2014, is running with the University of Western Georgia Lady Wolves in Carrollton where she us majoring in mass communications.

Last season as a sophomore with the Darton State College Lady, Amber won third place in the Region and earned a berth in the Division 3 nationals in New York. This season she is running under coach Tim Lacovone at Columbus State.

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The Braswell sisters are the daughters of Tammy and David Braswell. In high school, their cross-country coaches were Mandi Omara and Greg Waddell. They played soccer under Lady Cats coach Chip Ariail. Amber played left wing and Paige played right wing.

Both sisters credit their high school coaches with their love of cross-country and soccer and their success in cross-country at the college level.

“Coach Omara and coach Waddell ran with us at practice and always pushed us to do our best,” Paige said.

“Running the steep hill at Cheney Griffin Park really got us in shape,” added Amber. “All the running we did in soccer matches under coach Ariail also kept us in shape. All of our coaches were great role models for us.”