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Athlete Profile: Swim & Dive

This issue’s Pioneer Profile focuses on three members of the Swim & Dive team: Senior Tanner Carver, a second-year diver who is translating his gymnastics experience on the diving board; senior Harry Green, a third-year swimmer who also loves tennis, and sophomore Faith Middletown, a lifelong swimmer who competes in triathlons.

Senior Tanner Carver
Tanner is a second-year diver who is taking advantage of years of gymnastics training. He recently gave up gymnastics due to injuries and has also joined the Bowling Team. He plans to join the Track team in the spring.

Question: Why did you first start diving?
Answer: I wanted to start diving because I thought it would be something fun to try because I had never been involved with a PHS sport because of gymnastics.

Q: What do you like about it?
A: I prefer diving way more than swimming, so it is obviously my favorite event, but I love my teammates more than anything. But my favorite part about the sport itself is that it is very similar to gymnastics in the idea that we try to make the seemingly impossible look aesthetically pleasing and easy.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: I’m looking forward to regionals this year because I have a pretty good shot at state.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?
A: My favorite subject, although I view them all about the same, is economics because I really loved taking IUS Econ because it was so unlike traditional thinking.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: My most meaningful service project was probably helping out at the homeless shelter as a freshmen.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is honestly just the community we have here because I believe that’s what really makes the Pioneer experience a reality, is all the wonderful people we have and continuous support we have for one another.

Sophomore Faith Middleton
Faith has been swimming since kindergarten and has been part of other swim teams and participated in triathlons. Now she is in her second year on the PHS Swim & Dive team. She generally competes in the medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay. She also is on the Girls Soccer and Track teams but her main focus is swimming, and she is on a year-round swim team outside of school.

Question: What do you like about swimming?
Answer:
I love swimming and I always have. I find the sport very therapeutical as well as fun. I enjoy the competitive energy of the sport. I love everyone on the team…we are like a family. My favorite stroke is free mainly because it comes to me the easiest. 

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: This season I am looking forward to improving my strokes and times as well as spending time with my favorite team!

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?
A: My favorite subject in school is art. I love art because it allows me to try things that I would usually never do as well as use my creativity to create really cool things.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: The most meaningful service project I have participated in was at the Griffin Street Recreational Center. During this project I helped watch over younger kids after school. This was very meaningful to see how other people that are less fortunate than us live.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is the lifelong friendships I have made and the school spirit.

Senior Harry Green
Harry is in his third season on the Swim team and competes in the 50 freestyle and the two freestyle relays and swims the backstroke in the medley relay. He also has been on the Boys Tennis all four years.

Question: Why did you first start swimming?
Answer: I started swim because my friend Bryce was also going to try it out my sophomore year.

Q: What do you like about swimming?
A: I like all of the close friendships I have made on the Swim team, and it has truly been a great experience. There is nothing like hitting the wall and coming up and seeing that you have come in first place. I am looking forward to being more of a leader and making new friends with some of the faces I haven’t met yet.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?
A: I really liked my chemistry classes that I have taken at Providence because I loved learning everything new about it and Mr. Hutchins was a great teacher.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: The most meaningful service project I have done at Providence is when we went and helped people at the soup kitchen in downtown Louisville for sophomore retreat and got to connect with people who just needed a friend.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is how close I am with all of my classmates. There isn’t any other student section in the state I would want to be cheering alongside with, and it continues in the classroom. Even when I’m struggling with calculus, I have a friendly face willing to help me.

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