Dimond Makes Waves At State

Five school records were shattered at state for swimming this year; three broken by the girls, two broken by the boys. Nikki Wray, junior, broke the record in the 200 yd independent medley and the 500 yd freestyle. The independent medley includes all four strokes and goes in this order: butterfly stroke , backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Wray was also one of the members of the 200-medley relay team that not only won state and got an all American cut, but also broke another school record. The other members of the relay were: Lauren Summers, sophomore; Michelle Hawkins, junior; and Hayley Bissell, senior. Matthew Summers not only won the 200 yd freestyle and 500 yd freestyle, but he broke the school records in both events as well. David Wilcox , junior, also competed in the 200 yd free style and took fourth place. The boys 200 yd freestyle relay took third and consisted of: Adam Kowalewski, junior; Cory Chan, freshman; Jackson Ursin, freshman; and Matthew Wilson, junior. Chan also took fifth in the boy’s 100 yd backstroke. Summers, Chan, Ursin and Wilcox also won the boy’s 400 yd freestyle relay. Wilcox has a brother swimming this year as well. His name is Erik Wilcox, freshman, and he placed eighth in the 200 yd IM. Bissell finished fifth in the girl’s 50 yd freestyle and the 100 yd backstroke, where Hawkins took second. Wray has had an impressive season. She has broken three school records in the three events she won at state and she got the record in the 200 IM for the United States Swimming club for the seventeen to eighteen-year -old age group. On top of that, she was nationally ranked 9th in the country at one point. When asked how she felt about how state went Wray said, “We are a really solid team.” Her favorite memory was about a team at state. “There was a team who thought they were going to take three relays.” They switched the line-up at the last minute, though. When asked about how she did, Wray said she had a consistent season. She thinks she can improve, though; she said, “I need to learn how to be a better kicker” and said she needed to work on her technique. She wasn’t the only one who had an impressive season. Summers won the 200 yd freestyle and the 500 yd freestyle, which both broke school records, plus his relays. Not only that, but he won the Swimmer of the Year award. When asked about how he felt Summers said, “I think I worked pretty hard, but there are a lot of other deserving people on the team.” Samantha Wicks of East High School got the award for the girls. This year Summers swam with his sister, Lauren Summers. There are many siblings who swim together. Hayley Bissell swam with her brother. Bissell stated, “I got to swim with my brother … that was cool.” Brothers Erik and David Wilcox also swam together, Matthew, junior, and Tommy, senior, Wilson also swam together. Next year Nikki Wray’s sister will be swimming as well. Last year she was ranked third in the country for the 100 yd breaststroke. Swimming is a family business and business is good.