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Friendships forge BHS swim team into tight-knit group

Chiefs look to continue their successful season at district meet


District qualifiers for the Bellefontaine swim team are, from the left, front: Shelby Phillips, Emma Smith, Jessica Miller, Erin Levine and Katie Vetorino; and back row: Cayden DeMent, Kyle Harris, Isaiah Brady, Josh Haisley, Andy Ames and Evan Snapp. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Chemistry may not seem to be as important in swimming as it is in other team sports, but Bellefontaine’s swimmers are a testament to the importance of having a strong bond.

“It is pivotal to have good chemistry,” said BHS senior Katie Vetorino, who is one of 10 Chieftain swimmers who have qualified for this week’s district meet. “I would not have stayed on the swim team if I did not like the atmosphere and if I did not get along with my fellow team members.”

In order to build numbers in the program, head coach Sharon Gase has encouraged her swimmers to take the sport of swimming to their friends.

“I tell them to go out and recruit their friends,” said Gase. “That is how this team has been built. This group of seniors has brought in kids they know well. It makes our job as coaches a lot easier when you have kids that like each other. They are more likely to work hard if they have a good relationship with their teammates.”

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