Student athletes swimming next season


Patty May

Senior Mary Fry dives off the block for the 400 freestyle relay at the Ohio High School State meet. Fry will train with the Blue Ash YMCA this summer. She plans to continue her swimming career with the University of Illinois.

The SHS swim season ended with the Ohio High School State meet in February. SHS sent five girls to that meet:

  • Senior Mary Fry
  • Senior Jory Gould
  • Senior Elizabeth Walden
  • Senior Priscilla Wu
  • Junior Hannah May

However, for the girls and boys who choose to swim year round, their work is far from over. Swimmers who opt to swim with club teams in the off season have just begun their spring seasons.
Wu said, “I swim with the Cincinnati Marlins East site. For this site, practices are held at SHS and the high school coach, Dr. Dan Carl is our coach.”
The club teams practice in a cycle of four seasons. They hold fall, winter, spring and summer seasons. However, most SHS swimmers practice with the high school team in the winter instead of their club teams.
The high school team is led by head coach Carl and his assistant Stephen Langdon, who coaches alongside Carl at the Marlins.
Gould said, “I practice with the high school in the winter because it is a lot of fun. All of the swimmers who swim for the high school are working as a team, so there is a strong bond that is developed.”
Swimmers will train this spring and summer for their particular championship meets. As they strengthen their muscles and work on their techniques, they will be preparing themselves for the upcoming high school season.
Senior Ted Vlady said, “Swimming in the off season with a club team is really helpful because then you don’t lose all of the training that you did in the winter. It just builds on it, so that way you end up improving a lot more, as opposed to if you were going to take an entire year off.”