MIDLAND CHEMIC SWIM
Parents: Tom & Amy Clark
Accomplishments: Diving, Academic Honor Roll, 4 time Gymnastics State title holder
Favorite Event: 1 meter springboard diving
Future Plans: Attend Grand Valley State or Northern Michigan to become a nurse anesthetist.
Favorite Event: When Eric & I continually tried to synchronize dive. It clearly won’t happen.
Advice to Underclassmen: Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if you think it’s too late.
Special Thanks: I would like to thank Coach Jill for teaching me everything I now know about diving; my parents for supporting my decision to switch sports during my senior year.
Josè Paz Vaca
Parents: Carlos & Patricia Paz Vaca; Judy McAtee & Andy Swihart (Midland Host Family)
Accomplishments: Swimming, Cross Country, Basketball, Youth Group, Rotary International
Favorite Event: 100 Freestyle
Future Plans: Graduate in June, then return to Bolivia to finish my high school career. Attend college in Europe.
Favorite Memory: Receiving “Swimmer of the Meet” award after the Ogemaw invite. Cutting 15 seconds off meant a lot to me.
Advice to Underclassmen: Keep trying your hardest. Beat DHS
Special Thanks: I would like to thank my host families for making me a part of their families and supporting me. My teammates and their parents for graciously helping me get to practices.
Parents: Joe & Stephanie May
Accomplishments: Swimming, Cross Country, Speed Skating, loves riding dirt bikes.
Favorite Event: 200 IM (because I’m not in it)
Future Plans: Media production at Rusted Rooster
Favorite Memory: When Kev “dawg” Hoeffer told me 400 IM’s were like eating green beans…only longer.
Advice to Underclassmen: If you can’t swim fast, there’s always diving. “Oh…wait”.
Special Thanks: Coach Welter, Nick Berchert, and my older sister for introducing me to the sport.
Parents: Tracy & Jodi Thomas
Accomplishments: Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Member of National Honor Society
Favorite Event: 200 Freestyle Relay
Future Plans: Attend GVSU to study Film & Video production
Favorite Memory: Jumping into the pool after taking the senior picture out in the snow.
Advice to Underclassmen: Remember why you swim…to eat more food.
Special Thanks: I would like to thank Coach Welter & Mrs. Berchert for all they do for the team.
Good luck CLASS OF 2017
Parents: Matthew & Andrea Berchert
Accomplishments: Swimming, Cross Country, Golf, Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Academic Honor Roll, Member of National Honor Society.
Favorite Event: 100 Freestyle
Future Plans: Ferris State University to study Welding Engineering
Favorite Memory: Pulling RavDeep out of the water after a race because he swam so hard. That inspired me to be the best I could be.
Advice to Underclassmen: Everyone needs to give 110% in practice. The effort you put in for 2 hrs. will show results at meets.
Special Thanks: I would like to thank Coach Welter for pushing me for the past 4 years, my parents for putting up with my crazy swim schedule, and my mom for devoting so much time and energy to the team.