Championships Occupy Variety In Distances

Swimming Season Concludes for 2021

2021 Senior Swimmers

2021 Senior Swimmers

No one, neither athlete nor coach, started this year off expecting greatness. The swim team, like most, held that their goal would be to simply have a season — let alone to make waves. Expectations were so low as far as completing the season, that the very first meet of the year was spent celebrating the seniors, seeing that any future meets were a matter of “if,” rather than “when.” 

In true West G spirit, however, they powered through. It certainly wasn’t easy; keeping a consistent training schedule was out of the question, with school policy being that they weren’t able to practice while school was in session virtually. Kept out of the water multiple times for up to two weeks, and with much of the team having to quarantine before districts, it would be an understatement to say that they were put at a disadvantage.

Despite having to deal with everything Covid – related, coaches Mrs. Lisa Porter, Mr. Sandy Kulp, and Ms. Angela Sedivy led the team. Alongside the coaches providing leadership to the overall roster of 27 swimmers were seniors Josh Burdecki, Catelyn Chase, Michael Elias, Lilia Hornbeck, Payton Trentanelli, Emily Vash, and Rebecca Whitmer. The seniors were, in turn, led by captains Rebecca Whitmer, Lauren Keck, Josh Burdecki and Ethan Kulp to resounding success. 

Third year head coach Mrs. Porter said, “I’m very proud of the team for overcoming the obstacles the season brought; there’s a bright future ahead for West G swim & dive.” While the future might be bright, the present had some quality moments, too.

The achievements this year, both individually and as a team, were numerous. On the boys’ side of the pool, Josh Burdecki qualified to the district meet in the 100 fly. In the regular season, the boys finished 2-4 in dual meets and  1-1 in the CVC.  

Across the lane in the girls’ side of the pool, several accomplishments were worth noting. The girls finished 3-3 in dual meets, overall, and 1 -1 in conference play. Asa Eddy qualified to the district meet in the 100 backstroke. The girls also qualified for district in the 200 free and 400 freestyle relays.  Ashley Chase also qualified to district in the 100 and 200 freestyle. But she wasn’t done !

In any individual sport (even if it has a team component), the pinnacle is qualifying to the state tournament. At state, Ashley finished 13th in the 200 meter freestyle and 11th in the state in the 100 meter freestyle. Congrats and GREAT JOB !

Catelyn Chase had a similar opinion to her coach, saying, “Even though this season was simultaneously harder and easier than it’s ever been, with regulated practices and the lack of practices altogether, this year was still a good year.”