Zephs Lyle set for busy swimming weekend
With the District 11 swimming championships approaching this weekend, Whitehall’s Kallie Lyle is looking forward to sharing that experience with her teammates.
Lyle will be participating in the District XI AAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at Parkland and Emmaus High Schools this weekend. She’s part of a Whitehall contingent that features eight girls swimmers, along with four boys swimmers, who will be competing at the D-11 tourney.
The junior will be swimming four races. She’ll be competing in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, the 400 freestyle relay, and the 200 Individual Medley relay.
Lyle said that the 100 backstroke is her favorite event.
“I’ve been working hard on that for a very long time,” said Lyle.
Lyle credits her coaches and her teammates for helping her earn a spot in the district meet in the backstroke. They provided the support and encouragement that helped her achieve her goal.
Lyle said that the atmosphere at the district meet is hectic, crowded, and full of energy. But the best part about it is to be able to share the experience with her teammates. She said she’s looking forward to that the most this weekend.
“It’s a really good experience with your team,” said Lyle. “You try your best and have fun.”
She’ll also be able to share that moment with her parents who introduced her to swimming at a young age. Lyle said that she’s been swimming since first grade, a decision initiated by her mother who signed her up for lessons. Lyle took an immediate interest in the sport, and soon she was on a path to a varsity swimming career that began with the Whitehall Waves.
Lyle said that she’s also transitioned into coaching through her association with the Waves. She said she’s been coaching the younger team for the last four years.
Each district event features approximately 25 competitors. It’s extremely competitive, and Lyle’s mindset is to attack each race with one thought in mind.
“I would like to drop time in all my events,” said Lyle.
Lyle said that she’s beginning to look at colleges. She wants to continue her swimming career at the next level. The district meet will also heighten her visibility as she navigates the recruiting waters.
Still, the weekend will ultimately be about doing something she loves with people she cares about.
“I’m really looking forward to it and getting to do it with four of my best friends,” said Lyle.
She said that everything else will take care of itself if they do their best.