Spartan senior stars with a racket and a paddle

Tampa, Florida -- University of Tampa senior Katherine Pynehas been playing tennis for most of her life. She grew up playing with her sisters. She picked up a racket a long time ago.

Just recently, she picked up a paddle.

"When I'm paddleboarding I have such a great time that my happiness carries over so that when I go play tennis, like, I'm in such a good mood," she said this week at Bird Key Park in Sarasota. "It helps my tennis game and vice versa."

One is a team sport and the other is just you and your board. On the water, she is making progress as a racer, placing second in just her second race ever.

As a Spartan tennis player, Pyne finished her final season with a 13-3 singles record. Now, with graduation quickly approaching, she's turning her attention from the court to the water.

"I feel like what's the point of training if I'm not going to compete," she said. "(It's) exhausting physically and mentally but they have different aspects that I think complement each other."

She credits both sports in helping her improve in the other. She works her lower body primarily with tennis and her upper body primarily with paddleboarding.

"I would love to see how good I could get," she said with a smile. "I'm excited to see where it could go from here."

Pyne has joined a paddleboarding team with paddleboard company Hovie Sup. She hopes to continue racing and teaching others about paddleboarding.


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