Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Franklin Regional's Tyler Stevenson, Derry's Morgan Elrick
School: Franklin Regional
Claim to fame: Stevenson finished first in the 200 IM (2:02.9) and first in the 500 freestyle (5:00.71) at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships at Derry on Saturday. Stevenson was also part of the Panthers' record-breaking 200 freestyle relay team (1:30.96).
“He's very versatile. Unlike some swimmers, where they are good at just one stroke or event, he's very strong at any stroke,” coach Vic Santoro said. “I can use him anywhere in the lineup to beef it up. He can sprint, mid-distance and long distance. He's young and hasn't gotten in the groove of a certain event.”
How did you get started in swimming?
Whenever I was younger. I loved swimming. I was swimming at Franklin Regional Middle School and just decided to continue it on into the high school.
With you having so much early success, how do you keep it all in perspective?
We have to go practice to practice, and meet to meet. I know I have to keep working on things. You have to keep thinking of the big picture at the end.
What do you think are your best events?
I would have to say either the 200 free or 200 IM.
What is your favorite event?
I would have to say the 500 free. Coach puts me in for the event, and I will do anything that's best for the team.
Who is your role model, and why?
Pretty much I would say my mom is because she swam when she was young. I would also have to say my grandfather, who recently passed away.
Claim to fame: Elrick scored 333.10 points to win the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships at Derry on Friday.
“I thought I did pretty good,” said Elrick, who also participates in gymnastics. “I was really excited about winning the competition, but I was really nervous going into it.”
Which sport do you like more, gymnastics or diving?
I think since I have been doing gymnastics my whole life, I would have to say I like it more. But I really like diving, too.
What is your typical day after school in regards to juggling the two sports?
As soon as school is done, I go to diving practice for two hours, then after that I will go to my gymnastics practice.
What is your favorite part of diving?
I really like the fact I'm able to do flips and twists. I just like the whole aspect of the sport.
What are your goals for the remainder of the season?
For the rest of the season, I hope to hit my dives the best I can, and I hope to qualify for WPIALs and states.
What is one thing people might not know about you?
I really do enjoy spending my free time with my friends and family. I really don't have much time, so I try to really enjoy the time I spend with them.
— Andrew John