At first, it would take more than 20 minutes for Nate to get down the ladder and into the pool to start practicing again at the Niskayuna High School Aquatics Center two to three times a week and once a week at Mohonasen, depending on his strength level that day. He said he had to work his way back up to his previous abilities and that it took more than a year and a half to get back to earlier race times.
"We took baby steps to get him back at the level he was," said Mohonasen-Schalmont Swim Team head coach Bill Mattola. "He's always been a self motivator. It's a real tribute to his determination to get to this level."
"Coach Mattola has been a godsend," said Laurie Resila.
Mattola visited Resila while he was recovering from the surgery, including walking with him for short distances on every Friday in Resila's neighborhood when he was just beginning to recover.
Resila said that the turning point for his comeback was the Long Island invitational in January 2009 where he came in first in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard relay team, which he was also part of, came in first place. Resila would later go on to state competition for four events, two individual races and two relays, including the 200-yard relay, in which he came in third place.
Alongside his career as a swimmer, Resila has also built up a formidable resume. He has been able to stay on high honor roll every semester during his time at Mohonasen, is enrolled in AP and honors courses, gained the honor of Eagle Scout in Troop 357 for his work with the Greater Glenville YMCA, is the current vice president of the French Honors Society at MHS, Tri-M Music Honor Society vice president, member of the Science Honor Society at MHS and is a member of the High School Orchestra. Resila plans on a double major of History and French during his time at the university, stating that alongside his work with AP studies and honors classes, he should be able to complete his duties as a part of the swim team and in the classroom.