by Rob Tetro
With the recent conclusion of their season, the Fulton varsity swimming team said farewell to three seniors.
Janelle Tallents, Courtney Beckwith and Steven Hanczyk have all taken part in their final events as part of the high school program. Coach Raina Hinman said it worked to everyone’s advantage to have a varsity team with both genders. Tallents and Beckwith held their own against the boys.
Hinman credited their success to the determination and work ethic that all three seniors displayed. Their efforts were consistently impressive both in preparation and during meets, she said.
Tallents and Beckwith’s efforts have served as motivation for the other girls on the team. However, Hinman pointed out that her team prepares to succeed against other schools by competing with each other.
“They all work hard and challenge each other,” Hinman said.
As Tallents, Beckwith and Hanczyk prepare for life beyond high school, Hinman hopes that being a part of the swimming program has helped them to understand that having a strong work ethic can lead to success.
Tallents, Beckwith and Hanczyk concluded their Fulton Swimming Careers while taking part in the Class B Sectional Championships Feb. 14.
In the 50-yard freestyle event, Beckwith and Hanczyk came in 10th and 11th place with times of 0:25.85 and 0:25.86, respectively.
In the one-meter diving event, Hanczyk earned a fourth place finish with a score of 379.45.
Tallents came in 16th place in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 1:11.83.