VANDALIA — Two tenths of a second may not seem like very long but that’s what is standing between Butler High School’s Elaine Dean and her goal for this swim season.
“By the end of the year, I am hoping to break the school record in the 100 free,” Dean said. Stacey Reed set the current record of 55.29 seconds in 2003. Dean’s current best time is 55.51 seconds.
The junior has been swimming for nearly 12 years and now swims year around between her high school team, the Butler Aquatics Club and Fair Valley Swim Club.
“I love it. My competitive personality and determination to improve has kept me going for all of these years. That, along with the fact I’m part of a team that is filled with such incredible people. They make the many hours of swimming back and forth much more enjoyable,” Dean said.
Greg Bergman has been coaching Dean since she was six years old. He agrees she is a “fierce competitor.”
“She is a critical element on our girls’ team and many look up to her as a role model,” Bergman said.
It’s not just swimming goals Dean has set, she’s also making plans for her future. She plans to study to become a physical therapist, working with students with moderate to severe disabilities.
“I haven’t decided yet if I’ll swim for a college team, but I know that I’ll carry swimming, along with all it has taught me about life and myself, with me for the rest of my life.”