Swimmer commits to D1 school

For some athletes, taking the steps to compete in a sport in college can be nerve-racking. Senior swimmer Gabe Deiderick is completely ready to begin his swimming career at the college level.

“I am really excited to take on the challenge of swimming in college,” said Deidrick. “I think it will help me become a better swimmer.”

Deiderick has committed to swim Division 1 at the LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA.

“Swimming Division 1 means we will be pushing our bodies to the max, practicing sometimes 15 times a week,” said Deiderick.

As if swimming at a Division 1 level was not enough, Deiderick will also be majoring in political science.

“A big part of my routine will consist of balancing school work and swimming,” said Deiderick. “If I stay on top of all of my work in the classroom, everything with swimming will fall into place.”

Deiderick has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years, realizing around the age of 13 that swimming was something he was extremely passionate about.

“Swimming has taught me a lot,” said Deiderick. “It has really shown me how to work hard, and to always trust the process.”

Though Deiderick is ready to begin swimming at La Salle, he also has major goals for his teammates and himself for the remainder of his high school season.

“I really would like to be a state finalist this year at the PIAA State Championship, but my main goal this year is to grow overall as a person and an athlete,” said Deiderick.

Deidrick competes in the 50, 100, and 200-yard free style. So far this season the boys team holds a record of 1-3.

“This season will for sure be exciting,” said Deiderick. “We have lot of competitive swimmers that are willing to put in the work.”

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