This afternoon, the RSS feeder on my iphone showed a new swimming article on ESPN. That is cool in and of itself because swim articles don't come up that often on that one. This time it was even cooler, because it wasn't about Phelps. Apparently, ESPN Rise Magazine is featuring an article on a St. Louis girl! Hallie Stupp swims for MICDS (Mary Institute Country Day School) and Parkway Swim Club. Last year she was second in the 200 IM and 1st in the 100 fly at the Missouri High School state championships as a junior.
She was interviewed for flo last year after prelims and then again after finals. She had a spectacular time drop between those two swims and ended up breaking the state record in the fly. From the ESPN article:
Then a junior at MICDS (St. Louis, Mo.), Stupp took control of the race from the get-go and won by nearly a full second in 54.95. Not only had she chopped more than 1.5 seconds off her prelim time, she had cut more than three-tenths of a second off the state record. "I didn't even know what the state record was," says Stupp, now a senior. "Mentally, I really wanted it, and I wasn't going to give it up to anybody else."
Apparently, Hallie has already committed to Arizona. She seems like a genuinely nice kid with a solid work ethic and a bright future from what I can gather. Isn't that the kind of athlete you hope can get a little national press?
I am starting to get really excited for this year's state meet to come around. Here is last year's fly A final to tide all of us Missouri swim enthusiasts over.