New coach brings new attitude to Holy Trinity swimming
Holy Trinity's Ava Middlebrooks and Brandon Assam are a big reason why the future looks bright for the Tigers' swimming program under new coach Chris Beadle.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
New coach Chris Beadle is trying to make swimming fun again at Holy Trinity.
And by the reactions of her swimmers … it’s working.
“I think we’ve all gotten better because of her helping us more,” eighth-grader Ava Middlebrooks said.
Beadle, who swam during her days at Cocoa High, had a simple answer when asked about her coaching philosophy. She simply pointed at the pool where her swimmers were practicing.
“It’s all about them,” Beadle said. “It’s all about what’s best for them, getting to know them and finding out in turn what would motivate them. It kind of makes a better communication line available. They feel more comfortable discussing if something hurts, or if something is bothering them.
“And I point things out during practice as far as technique and efficiency that I think they need to address.”
Sophomore Brandon Assam said Beadle’s approach has helped the Tigers be more excited about their season and about their upcoming meets as the swimmers prepare for the districts, regionals and possibly even the state meet.
“Coach Beadle is really good,” Assam said. “I really like her. She’s very interactive with us. She helps us work on our technique a lot, what we need to focus on.”
At the district meet, which was held late last month, the Holy Trinity girls were expected to challenge for a top spot with the help of three seniors: Christy Chadwick (50 and 100 freestyle); Annette Wilson (200 and 500 free) and Daniela Spies (100 free and 100 breaststroke).
Middlebrooks, whose best event is the 100 butterfly, also was hoping to have a strong district meet to get to the regionals.
Junior Selena Nishihata should be a big threat in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly and sophomore Ramsey Barrows is one to look out for in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
Holy Trinity’s boys, meanwhile, have a relatively young team.
Eighth-grader Alex Spies is one of the Tigers’ top swimmers in the 500 free and 100 fly. Junior Brandon Lawrence is solid in the 50 and 100 free and eighth-grader Patrick Nguyen should challenge in the 500 free and 200 IM.
Assam will look to qualify in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke while juniors Max Pagan (100 fly, 200 IM) and Nikhil Patel (100 back, 200 free) also were expected to be standouts.