VANDALIA — For some athletes, the love of the game goes hand in hand with the amount of passion they have while competing or playing. For sophomore Jacob Staley, he loves the rush he gets when swimming in a relay. Staley is the Butler lead-off swimmer of the boys 200 Freestyle Relay Team.
According to the boys head swimming coach, Greg Bergman, Staley has moved from the novice group in 2016, to the top (Gold) team this year. He is naturally gifted.
Staley has only been swimming for the last two years. However, in addition to being on the Butler Swim team, he trains with the Butler Aquatics Club and the Fair Valley Swim Club during the summer months.
“Jacob is a very gifted athlete who after only two years of competing in this sport has risen to the top. This accomplishment is due to his dedication, positive attitude, and certainly his competitive edge. He is a very fun athlete to coach,” Bergman Said.
His favorite memory of swimming thus far is breaking 23 seconds in the 50 Freestyle at districts, which, gave him a personal best time of :22.56. When he is not swimming or training, Staley enjoys running and spending time with his friends and sister.
To be named a Butler Athlete of the Month is a tremendous honor, Staley said. “It means I have achieved one of my goals as an athlete as well as proved to my family and friends that nothing is impossible.”
Staley would like to thank his sister and his coaches for pushing him to be the best he can be. His hope is to attend Wright State University after high school and get his bachelor’s degree in Science and Biological Sciences.