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Four Swimmers Compete at State Championships

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Four Viking swimmers will compete in the State Championships on Saturday against the best swimmers in the state. Marco Guareschi and Wyatt Prince will be competing in 2 individual events each. Both athletes are seeded as high as #14 in one of their respective events. Thomas Smithdeal and Tyler Gilmore will join Marco and Wyatt on the 200 Free Relay (seeded 13th) and the 400 Free Relay (seeded 14th). Each swimmer was asked a series of questions reflecting on the season and the State Championships.

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THOMAS SMITHDEAL (200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay)

  • How long have you been swimming? I started swimming in 11th grade.  This is my second year.
  • What are your goals for this weekend? My goals for this weekend is for our team to swim personal bests in our two relays and just to enjoy my final high school swim meet.
  • What is the favorite event you will participate in this weekend? My favorite event for this weekend will be the 4×100 freestyle relay.  This year I have enjoyed swimming this event more because I have developed better endurance and I have dropped a lot of time.
  • How did you feel about getting an extra week to practice after Hurricane Matthew? I felt like it was a positive for our team because we got more time to perfect the little things that can make a difference in our relays.
  • What is your favorite stroke and why? My favorite stroke is freestyle because it there is not as much technique involved to swim it.  It also comes the most natural to me.
  • What makes you a good swimmer? Hard work and dedication makes me a good swimmer.  Our coach, Tyler Will, makes practices pretty tough at times, but on the swim team we know that we have dropped a lot of time in the years that he has been coaching. Working hard at practice is the way we have and will achieve it.  
  • What unique assets do you contribute to your team? I feel that I have a strong leadership role on the swim team. I am the oldest on the team and a team captain, so I try to set good examples for the many younger kids on the team.  I try my best to encourage everyone and keep the passion for swimming alive at Emerald for years to come.  

 

TYLER GILMORE (200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay)

  • How long have you been swimming? Overall since my very first swim lesson I’ve been swimming for 6 years.
  • What are your goals for this weekend? My goals this weekend are to do the best I can as a sub and to set a time identical to the one I set to get here.
  • What is the favorite event you will participate in this weekend? The 200 relay seems a lot more appealing compared to the 400 relay.
  • How did you feel about getting an extra week to practice after Hurricane Matthew? This pushes back our celebration for a good swim season and it also increases anticipation for the meet itself.
  • What is your favorite stroke and why? My favorite stroke would probably be butterfly. This isn’t my best stroke, though it’s the most fun to both watch and perform.
  • What makes you a good swimmer? A willingness to put in the work required to do the best I can.
  • What unique assets do you contribute to your team? Being able to be more of an all-around swimmer. This usually leads to the events I swim per meet being unpredictable and my coach usually surprises me

 

MARCO GUARESCHI (200 Free, 50 Free, 200 & 400 Free Relays)

  • How long have you been swimming? I started swimming for the YMCA swim team when I was four and started swimming for Emerald in the 7th grade.
  • What are your goals for this weekend? I hope to drop time in my 50 free and 200 free.
  • What is the favorite event you will participate in this weekend? 50 Freestyle
  • How did you feel about getting an extra week to practice after Hurricane Matthew? I didn’t mind the extra week. However I planned for the season to be finished a week ago so I had to make some adjustments in my schedule dealing with work and school.
  • What is your favorite stroke and why? Freestyle, because when I stopped swimming year round I lost a lot of technique needed to swim other strokes fast and since our swim season is so short freestyle is the only stroke I worked to perfect my technique on.
  • What makes you a good swimmer? I have a lot of experience swimming, I work hard, and my height gives me an advantage over other swimmers.
  • What unique assets do you contribute to your team? I score the majority of our points in our swim meets and am looked up to as a role model for the new or younger swimmers when we do races in practice.

 

WYATT PRINCE (200 Individual Medley, 500 Free, 200 & 400 Free Relays)

  • How long have you been swimming? I’ve been swimming for almost 8 years.
  • What are your goals for this weekend? I want to get under 2 min 24 sec in my 200 IM. I also want to get under 5 min 50 sec in my 500 Free.
  • What is the favorite event you will participate in this weekend? The 200 IM
  • How did you feel about getting an extra week to practice after Hurricane Matthew? I feel the extra week of practice will give us an extra edge at the state meet, and I feel that we will really show improvement at the meet.
  • What is your favorite stroke and why? Butterfly is probably my favorite stroke. I am built to have lots of power and butterfly is a stroke that requires power.
  • What makes you a good swimmer? A positive mind set at practice and at meets makes a positive swimmer.
  • What unique assets do you contribute to your team? The Emerald team is composed of great swimmers. Each are gifted in a certain area. I’m gifted in distance swimming. I’m the main male distance swimmer for Emerald.
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