West swim off to a strong start

By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com

“These were great meets for our kids to get some good times and for the new swimmers coming out this was a great experience for them,” said West Stokes swim coach Chris Chunn.

The Wildcats have two scrimmages behind them and Chunn is pleased with their performance so far. With 36 swimmers on the roster, many are returners from last season but the team has added a number of ninth graders to the program.

“We have about 10 freshmen and they’re working hard each day to acclimate their bodies to swimming. Coach Erickson and myself are proud of the progress they’ve made thus far,” Chunn said.

In practice, workouts are focused on strengthening the athlete’s core and pushing them to their highest potential.

“We’re very fortunate to offer dry-lands one day a week to keep our swimmers conditioned and in shape,” Chunn said.

The coach noted Saruul Charlz has worked hard both in and off-season. The senior broke a personal best record on his breaststroke at the Wildcats last scrimmage.

“Bethany Memola and Anna Mcghee are also standouts and they’ve joined us after swimming on the YMCA TYDE Swim Team for several seasons. With hard work and commitment Bethany and Anna and will carry our team in the future,” the coach said.

Chunn expects the returning swimmers to continue to work hard and hone in on their personal swim goals and school records.

“Stroke development and conditioning have been factors in making our swimmers the best they can be,” he said.

West Stokes next home swim meet is at the Stokes Family YMCA Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. against Forbush and South Stokes.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

By Amanda Dodson


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