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Checking in with ... Nicholas Fava (Old Lyme)

(Editor's note: The Day will be publishing a profile of a spring athlete for each day the high school athletic season is suspended.)

School: Old Lyme High School

Class: Senior

Sport: Boys' tennis

Position: First doubles

College choice: Purdue University (may play tennis at club or intramural level)

Chosen major: Aerospace or mechanical engineering

Favorite sport besides tennis: I enjoy watching/playing all sports; soccer was my first love.

Athlete you grew up admiring: Lionel Messi

Checking in with Nick: "I was really looking forward to the tennis season this year; it is disappointing and frustrating that we were not able to compete. We had a very talented team this year from the top down and I truly believe that we could have run the table in the Shoreline and taken the next step to a state title."

What you need to know about Nick: Fava, a first team All-Shoreline Conference selection last season and a CIAC scholar-athlete this year, is driven to be an engineer. "The problem-solving, creativity and innovation to make our world a better place are all attributes that draw me toward engineering," he said. Fava's other brother, Sal, is a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate, now a mechanical engineer at Ford. "We both take great pride in achieving academically, but I think it comes down to the work ethic and drive that our parents instilled in us," Nick said. Fava's parents, Mike and Antoinette, own Sal's Pizza and Pasta in Old Saybrook. Nick has worked there his whole life. Has he learned anything from that experience? "Yes," he said. "I learned that the restaurant business is not for me. ... Joking aside, I learned a lot about interacting with people, working diligently, dealing with adversity and the value of preparation." He calls receiving both athletic and academic honors the best moment of his tennis career, calling it a "proud and rewarding moment." Earlier this year, he was named Rotary Student of the Month in World Language and last year he received the CAPSS Superintendents' Award. He is in National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and is a member of Old Lyme's robotics club. He runs indoor track for the Wildcats and was a member of the boys' soccer team in the fall, which reached the Class S state tournament quarterfinals. "I know the team will keep getting better," Fava said of the soccer team. "The senior group next year is deep and talented and the underclassmen show promise and potential." He added, addressing his fellow seniors on the tennis team: "It has been a pleasure playing with all of you, you guys made it special, thank you for making me a better player each and every practice."

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