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Sports Spotlight: Boys Swim

The Boys Swim team is having a strong season having done well in several meets, with swimmers setting personal records at each event. This Sports Spotlight focuses on junior Kieran Kelly and sophomore Zach Applewhite. Kieran has been swimming since first grade, starting at the YMCA-New Albany swim team. Zach has been swimming most of his life and joined a swim team 12 years ago because he loved swim lessons.

Kieran Kelly, House of Integrity, spring musical, Providence Singers, Popcorn Players, and Quick Recall, usually swims the 100 yard Breaststroke, 50 Freestyle, 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 Free Relay.

Question: What is your favorite event?
Answer: My favorite event to swim is the 50 free because it is so fast. I love racing and sprinting, and this event is definitely a sprint.

Q: What do you like about being on the Swim Team?
A: I like being able to talk and be friends with students I might have not talked to otherwise. I also love being able to be part of the Swim Team and still get to do other extracurriculars too!

Q: What has been a highlight of the season for you?
A: A highlight of the season for me was being able to score so well against larger teams, like beating Jennings County at their pool a couple of weeks ago.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the remainder of the season?
A: I am looking forward to sectionals (on Feb. 20). It is always a lot of fun to be up against all the teams from our area, like Floyd Central, Jeff, and New Albany.

Q: What is your favorite subject?
A: My favorite subject is anything to do with history because I just really like the topic. I also just think it is very interesting.

Q: What do you like about being a Pioneer?
A: I like being a Pioneer because I am able to grow closer with so many people in the Providence community through school, athletics, extracurriculars, and our faith.

Zach Applewhite, House of Justice, Boys Tennis, usually swims the 500 yard Freestyle or the 200 Individual Medley (IM). At a meet last week, he set a new school “swim record” that will likely go uncontested. He chose to swim, the butterfly stroke in the 500 Free – a race that allows the swimmer to choose the stroke. Since the butterfly is the most taxing swim stroke, swimmers do not chose that stroke for that length. Since he was the only swimmer in the race that night, Coach Jim Pfeiffer allowed it, and Zach completed the nine laps in 7:18.

Question: What is your favorite event?
Answer: The 100 Free is my favorite because it is shorter than the 500 and is still fun

Q: What do you like about being on the Swim Team?
A: I like being in the Providence Swim Team because we have a coach who is always encouraging us and a team full of spirit and friends.

Q: What has been a highlight of the season for you?
A: The highlight of this season was beating my 100 free time of last year by 3 seconds.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the remainder of the season?
A: I am looking forward to sectionals and continuing to get better, hopefully to drop my 500 below 5:30.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service experience?
A: The most meaningful service opportunity at Providence was volunteering to help out at the (Franciscan) soup kitchen with Mrs. Purichia. I saw and met the homeless and saw how blessed I am.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: The bonfire because it was fun to hang out with a lot of friends from school.

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