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Will Bonnett: from surgery to state in one swim season

Sophomore Will Bonnett finishes a lap of breastroke during a home meet versus Parkway Central. Bonnett focused on gaining strength outside of the pool to aide his transition back into the water after healing. “I feel like I was able to build more muscular strength while out of the pool, and I was able to put in a lot of endurance work in the water to help get me back to my past endurance level,” said Bonnett. “Both of these things combined together to help me perform better than I ever have.”

Quinn Berry, Convergent Media Writer

November 13, 2019

At the beginning of boys swim season, sophomore Will Bonnett imagined he would be training for the first meet with his teammates, not in recovery after emergency ear surgery.  The surgery, originally planned as a postseason operation, grafted skin from behind Bonnett’s ear onto his eardrum to he...

Sophomores Megan VanValkenburgh and Mallory Stirrat go from swimmers to coaches

Standing next to the pool, sophomores Megan VanValkenburgh and Mallory Stirrat pose for a team picture. VanValkenburgh and Stirrat assisted the swim team in competing in meets over the summer against other neighborhood pools. “Ever since I was young, I’ve always helped out with Cedarmill, even if I wasn’t getting paid. My dad’s always been involved, so I’ve always been doing it alongside him,”

Lilly Francis, Convergent media Writer

August 26, 2019

After swimming summer league for Cedarmill Swim Club for 11 years, sophomores Megan VanValkenburgh and Mallory Stirrat took on the role of coaching for kids ages 4 to 12 involved in the program, teaching them the proper techniques of swimming.  “As coaches we make swim team a fun experience by...

4. In memory of Joe Ross

2016 graduate Drew Bonnett and the late Joe Ross pose for a picture at a Parkway Swim Club swim meet. Bonnett and Ross swam together for many years and grew up as best friends. “Joe was a light of joy and laughter,” Bonnett said. “I loved him and respected him deeply.”

Maria Newton, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018

Alumnus Joseph Alan Ross passed away on Jan. 20 at age 19, while studying economics at the University of Chicago. Joe, as he was more commonly referred to, graduated in the class of 2016 as the president of the Math Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and was a member of the Science Honors Society, Beta C...

Water Polo team welcomes talented freshmen

Sophomore Paris Wilken and freshman Ryan Mendonsa swim for the ball as part of their preparation during water polo practice.

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

March 10, 2017

The boy’s water polo team began preparation the week of Feb. 21, a week earlier than other spring sports teams. “For the first week, it was a lot of basic work, especially for the JV group,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said. “For the varsity group, we’ll be getting more into the style of...

Week of Feb. 1-5

Week of Feb. 1-5

Mary Galkowski, Staff Writer

February 10, 2016

Varsity softball seniors teepeed coach Jeff Chazen's house on Saturday at 2 a.m.

Evie Pfeifer attends Irish Nationals follow-up

Sophomore Evie Pfeifer competes at a swim meet.

Claire Martin, Staff Writer

April 15, 2015

Sophomore Evie Pfeifer attends Irish Nationals in swimming to represent the USA team and will compete in Ireland against other countries.

Sophomore nears Olympic future in swimming

Sophomore Evie Pfeiffer stands by her grandmother, Ardeth Mueller's, exhibit at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  Pfeiffer's grandmother went to the 1956 Olympic Trials in Detroit for the 100m fly, placing eighth in the nation.

Sarah Burnham, Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

Taking the national spotlight, sophomore Evie Pfeiffer is training for the June 2016 Olympic trials.

Girls swimming continuing success

Junior Kristen Petersen swimming the backstroke on Dec. 19. The meet was held at Parkway North High School.

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor

January 23, 2015

With 12 state titles and 25 girls, the girls swim team is planning to continue their success this season.

Winter sports preview

Winter sports preview

Kathryn Harter, Staff Writer

October 6, 2014

As the fall sports come to a close in their regular season (and for some sports into pre-State competition), the winter sports at Parkway West are starting up open gyms.

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