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File photoAt a young age, Dan Jablonski saw himself swimming for the varsity swim team. File photoAt a young age, Dan Jablonski saw himself swimming for the varsity swim team.

Jablonski knew the pool was for him

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

When he was younger, Dan Jablonski admittedly tried a number of sports. However, it didn’t take the Whitehall sophomore long to discover that swimming would come to the forefront.

Jablonski began taking lessons at age two, and knew he found his sports niche.

“When I think back, I did play a lot of different sports,” said Jablonski. “But once I got into a pool, I knew that swimming would be my backbone sport. I remember swimming for the Whitehall Waves in kindergarten and wanted to be able to swim on the high school team.”

Last season, Jablonski wish came to its fruition. As a freshman, he immediately became a regular contributor and eventually capped his year when he won a medal at districts.

This year, Jablonski already has qualified for districts in all of the freestyle events as well as the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. He recently set a new school record in the 200 IM and has lowered his times to try and qualify for the breast stroke.

Overall, the Zephyrs have been making plenty of waves. Their girls’ squad entered this week with an undefeated 8-0 mark and the boys’ had a respectable 5-3 record and continue to rewrite their half of the record book.

For Jablonski, it has been a year to build on his past accomplishments.

“Last year, I did a little better than I thought I would,” said Jablonski. “It really motivated me to push myself this year. I have worked hard and keep lowering my times.”

Head coach Pete Rile expected Jablonski to be a major factor in the team’s success this season.

“Dan (Jablonski) has been one of the hardest workers in the program,” said Rile. “He really loves the sport and made a lot of strides last season. He’s qualified for districts this year and set a new school record.

“He is on a good pace to have a strong finish for his season.”

With his hectic schedule, Jablonski has learned to manage and balance athletics with academics. He is currently taking AP and honors classes, while swimming for a program and a club team.

“I found out that if I am practicing for the team and the club (team) I could get worn down,” he said. “With my class load, I have worked to manage my time better. In high school the past two years has taught me to be a better student and swimmer.”

Jablonski also credited the support from his coaching staff, which has inspired and motivated him.

“All of the coaches have been very supportive,” said Jablonski. “They have really pushed me and helped me to develop. It keeps me going and I want to go as far as I possibly can. It has really worked out for me.”

Somehow, Jablonski always knew it would.