By Chris Metcalf
DANSVILLE – There has been a long, storied tradition for Dansville girls swimming.
Seniors Ella Frazer and Kaitlyn Lee are certainly a part of it.
Both team captains, Frazer and Lee will be heading to their final LCAA Swimming Championships Saturday at Bath-Haverling, having already left their marks on the proud Mustangs program.
Both will be expected to contribute nicely, as they have all season and throughout their career.
Frazer will be competing in both the 200 free and 500 free while Lee will be swimming the 100 fly and 100 back.
Both will be swimming in two relay events as well.
Frazer won two LCAA titles at this same conference championships last season.
Both have earned LCAA all-star honors multiple times.
Head coach Chris Everett says Frazer is going to be missed for her strong will to succeed.
“Ella has been the rock that has kept this team moving forward throughout her years at Dansville,” coach Everett said. “She has always been willing to do what it takes to get faster yet still keep the team and herself smiling. Ella has had a great swimming career at Dansville and I’m sure will have continued success at the college level.”
Oneonta is one of several schools Ella is interested in.
Coach Everett will also miss seeing Lee around the pool, something he has seen since her eighth-grade season.
“Kaitlyn’s love for the sport and drive to succeed has given her five memorable years of varsity swimming,” coach Everett said. “Her leadership, in and out of the pool, has played a huge role in the success of everyone on the team. Kaitlyn’s attitude on deck is what all coaches look for in their swimmers and I hope that our underclassmen have learned from her example.”
Both student-athletes not only excel in the pool, but in the classroom as well, with each being ranked in the top 10 in their class academically. Each has been members of the National Honor Society their entire high school tenure.
Lee is also this year’s class president.
“These two have been with me from the start and I couldn’t have asked for two better young ladies to lead this team,” coach Everett said. “They will be sorely missed by teammates as well as coaches.”