Pioneer Focus: Chase Hooley


PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus belongs to freshman Breaststroke/IM swimmer Chase Hooley for his record-breaking results this season in the pool.

One of the top men’s Pioneer swimmers, Hooley has set or been a part of setting three of the eight men’s records in the last few meets at Wooster and Ashland.

At Ashland, he was a part of the 4×200 medley relay time comprised of  junior Casey Meeson, freshman Royce Kantner and sophomore Jesse Martin that posted the record-breaking time of 1:42.01 in the event, which was just a hair off the record of 1:42.65 the foursome set earlier this year. Also at Ashland, Hooley set a new standard by swimming in a time of 27.36 in the 50 breaststroke.

Then at Wooster on Jan. 21 he broke one of his own records by swimming a 1:00. 29 in the 100 breaststroke. His previous record best was 1:00.90.

Get to know the Wooster High graduate from Apple Creek, OH, Chase Hooley…

Freshman Chase Hooley races in the 100 breaststroke earlier this season at the Ohio Independent Championships on Nov. 5, 2011. Hooley set a record that day, which he would later break again, with a time of 1:02.30, and won the individual title for the race. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Q: Favorite food? 

A: A tossed salad with Italian dressing.

Q: What made you fall in love with swimming?

A: I don’t love it, I’m just decent at it.

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: Chipotle

Q: Biggest Superstition? 

A: I always knock on wood.

Q: Biggest difference between college and high school swimming?

A: The practice times and the intensity.

Q: Who is your biggest role model?

A: My grandpa because I have always looked up to him.

Q: Who is the most influential coach you have had?

A: Coach Ben Chalot from ages 6-14.

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone? 

A: Visitation hours.

Q: Favorite sport to watch and your favorite team?

A: College football and The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

A: Hopefully in a teaching job and married.


Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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