AJ Ortega and Tim Skeval
Assistant Editor of Production and Staff Writer
The Athlete of the Week for Sept. 19- Sept. 23 was Jamesville-Dewitt High School’s very own junior Lexi Phillips. Phillips is a member of the J-DHS Varsity Girls Swimming and Diving team. She competes in the 200, 100, and 50 meter freestyles, 200 meter individual medley, and also as a part of relays. Phillips found out she was named Athlete of the Week after receiving a text from her coach Bob Bewley.
Athlete of the Week is chosen when an athlete is nominated by both a teacher and a coach. When an athlete is chosen, they receive a trophy, usually given to them by their teammates, and are interviewed by News Channel 9 who then broadcast it on tv. News Channel 9 interviewed Phillips at the Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School pool where the Varsity Girls Swimming and Diving team has their practices and home meets. “(Coach Bewley) told me to bring my suit to practice because I was going to be interviewed for Athlete of the Week,” said Phillips.
Phillips’s teammates were proud of her and even got to award her the Athlete of the Week trophy for the interview. “She deserved it. She works hard and is a team player,” said fellow teammate and senior captain Marissia Potamianos. Senior captain Kate Salvo is also “happy for her” because of her “hard work and dedication. Phillips believes she was named Athlete of the Week not because of her individual achievements but because her team worked hard. “Individual recognition comes from team strength,” said Phillips.
So far the Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving team is 7-1, with their only loss coming to Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving defeated Skaneateles High School 99-83 on Oct. 20. Phillips came in first in the 200 individual medley, 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Sectionals for girls swimming and diving start Nov. 5 at Nottingham High School. J-DHS will be facing off against every school in the section in hopes of capturing their fifth sectional title in as many years.