OMAHA, NE — A 15-year-old swimmer from Westfield will have the chance to improve her standing in the Olympic Trials Monday night.
Clare Logan, of the Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish, is seeded 15th after finishing the 50-meter freestyle with a time 26:02 Monday morning, Chris Cipolla, head coach and director of competitive aquatics at the Y, said.
“She’s swimming with some really fast people on a big stage — probably the biggest stage she has swum on,” Cipolla said. “It’s really exciting.”
Logan, who has been on the Devilfish swim team for nearly her entire life, has been able to keep up her training even through the pandemic, he said.
“She’s been swimming at the Y her entire life,” Cipolla said. “Over this last year, through COVID, we’ve had to find some unique ways to get in training.”
Logan is the first Devilfish swimmer to ever make the Olympic Trials cut while actively on the YMCA’s swim team, Greg Hatzisavvas, a senior director at the Westfield Area YMCA, said.
The Devilfish parent advisory committee had put together a send-off for Clare Thursday before she left for Omaha, Hatzisavvas said. In video posted to social media, the families can be seen clapping and cheering for Logan outside the YMCA's building in Westfield.
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“It was very special to see so many team members, parents and people in the community who came out to support Clare,” Hatzisavvas said. “The whole Y is extremely proud of her.”
Cipolla noted the team effort that led to Logan’s individual success.
“Swimming takes a village. It’s not just her incredible work effort and incredible talent it’s the coaches behind her and the whole entire team,” he said. “Everyone’s contributed to her success here this week.”
At 8 p.m. Monday, the finals are scheduled to be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel.
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