Hard work pays off for BHS swimmers

Grueling practices help Chiefs peak at the right time


Joined by Benjamin Logan’s Jaden Sims, second from left at bottom, Bellefontaine’s district qualifiers and alternates include, from the left, bottom: Tyler Frantz, Josh Robbins and Molly Schulz; middle: Adam Verbsky, Cayden DeMent, Isaiah Brady and Connor Mason; and top: Anya Smith, Emma Smith, Emily Fulmer and Evie Belcher. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Bellefontaine’s swimmers are extremely fond of their head coach Sharon Lewis. But that doesn’t mean they always have warm and fuzzy feelings for their leader.

In an attempt to get the best out of her team at the end of the season, Lewis has established a grueling workout plan for the early part of the season.

While the Chiefs know their coach’s intense training schedule is in their best interests, it is not exactly enjoyable.

“(Lewis) has a taper approach to our workouts,” said standout junior Isaiah Brady. “We have a lot of really hard practices early in the season. Then we taper it down as the season winds down so our bodies are rested and ready to reach our full potential. I am always happy when it is taper time.”

The plan has worked to perfection.


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