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…
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?
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.