Athlete of the Week: Ashlyn Moore, Kickapoo

As high school swim teams enter the post season, they’re locked in on finishing in high places at the state tournament — but Kickapoo junior Ashlyn Moore is hoping for more than a gold medal.

“She just improves on a weekly basis,” Kickapoo swim coach Pete Hill said.

Moore has made big strides in her times.

“Just her preparation this season has been quite a bit different than last season,” said Hill.

“I had a meet last July and I didn’t do very well, and I was like, ‘wow, college is in two years. I’ve got to step it up.’ I started going to a sports performance gym and just trying harder in practice, and it all started falling into place,” Moore said.

The Pandemic helped turn time she would spend with people into additional time in the water.

“Yeah, I pretty much just hang out with my family, rest, eat healthy and just stay home,” said Moore.

But, she may have chosen the pool anyways.

“Her mom and dad will tell you she’s kind of an old soul,” Hill said.

“I kind of just do my thing and stay home when I’m not at the pool or the gym. I like it because I get to stay rested,” said Moore.

A grandma at heart, but a fish in the water, with goals of a shark.

“I would love to see her break that Kickapoo backstroke record that’s been around for a little bit, and go after the 100 freestyle record as well,” Hill.

“I’m hoping to break the school record — hopefully before I graduate, sooner rather than later. I’m hoping to win State in the 100 Free and 100 Back,” Moore.

“Yeah, with her going into her senior year so strong her junior year, I really look forward to what she can do next year,” Hill.

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