Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.
Our first sport to cover is girls' swimming, coached by Tracy Childress. Coach Childress is a 1984 graduate of FKHS, and has been coaching swimming for 17 years. His team would have had five seniors this spring.
The first senior is Halle Herkelman, who has competed for the team all four years. Childress said her best strokes were the 50m freestyle, 100m free, and the 100m breaststroke. She was on the relay team that had qualified for state last season.
The next senior is Julia Wright, who swam for three years. She was described by Childress as one of the team's best utility swimmers, competing in a wide variety of events. He said her utility and willingness to try other strokes allowed the team to pick up plenty of points.
Another senior is Alexis Hobbs, who swam the 100m backstroke and also competed on the backstroke relay team. Coach Childress said she had plenty of skill when it came to the backstroke, and said she made it look effortless. She also participated in several relays and was good at making up time when needed.
Also swimming for three years was Kimberly Moore, who swam the 50m free, 100m free, and the 200m free as well. Coach Childress said she was a little apprehensive at first, but she's come around tremendously.
Finally, the last swimming senior to be honored is Murran McKellips. She would've been entering her second year with the team. She swam the backstroke along with the 150m freestyle.
Coach Childress said he will miss the senior leadership and how the class got along well. However, with the season officially behind everyone, it's now time to look toward next year's seniors. Coach Childress said he's confident that his new seniors will be able to bring the same level of talent as this year's outgoing class.
We will continue to honor an FKHS spring sport each day. Tomorrow, we will honor the tennis seniors.