Super Swimmer in Our Midst!

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Super Swimmer in Our Midst!
Secret Lives of Foote Students

At age 8 (almost 9, she pointed out), third-grader Evelyn’s aquatic achievements are already astounding. Even before this year’s second-place finish in the YMCA New England Swimming Championship (after earning three bronze and two gold medals), Evelyn has been a dominant swimmer for the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rats Swim Team since she began her competitive career at age 6. 

In Connecticut, she’s ranked in the top 20 (and often top 10) in the U-8 female category for the 50Y and 25Y Butterfly, 100 Y Individual Medley, 25Y Freestyle, 25 Y Backstroke, and 25Y Breaststroke; at the end of most swim meets, you’re very likely to see Evelyn on the podium.

Last year she received the 2023 Race4Chase Sportsmanship Award from the Westport Y for “her compassionate attitude and respect for teammates.” The award was also a nod to her admirable display of resilience and determination, when her months of hard work and training for the Race4Chase triathlon were thwarted twice by forces beyond her control.

Though her story of perseverance gained media attention, Evelyn said what she loves best about the sport is making new friends and having new experiences. Below are some of Evelyn’s thoughts about swimming — and other interests!

Classroom and teacher: 3X, Ashley Schnabel

Nickname: Pocket Rocket

Average time spent training: 1–2 hours, four days a week

Most memorable meet: 2024 YMCA New England Swimming Championships at Worcester Polytech Institute

Favorite place to swim: “I like everything about the Y’s pool, but I really like how I get to meet a lot of new people from different places every time I go there.”

What has swimming taught her? “If you work up to it, you can do anything.”

Favorite events: 50 freestyle and 100 IM

Best events: “I’m probably best at longer distances: 50s, 100s, and 200s.”

Dream Olympic sport (besides swimming): Gymnastics and downhill skiing

Where else does she like to challenge herself? “I like engineering [in Mr. Z’s science classes] and coding [in Mr. Schoenherr’s technology classes]. I like that you can create your own things, your own worlds.”


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