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Winfield General awarded Female Gamer of the Week

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 09:30 PM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Sydney Hancock of Winfield High School.

The Winfield Swim teams are full of new faces this season with many new athletes to the sport. But a familiar face from last season who is continuing to improve and lead her team is sophomore Sydney Hancock.

Last year, she was the only freshman on the team to make the state swim meet and she has already improved on her times from her freshman year. At the MLK Invitational meet, she broke her personal record in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming 27.20 seconds, which also puts her in the top 20 in the state for that event. Sydney also swims the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke and is a key member of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

"I think I have improved a lot this year, my times are better than the past year and I just broke a personal record so I feel I am getting there," Sydney said about her sophomore season.

She was voted by her teammates as a team captain, and when asked why she thought her teammates chose her, she said, "I think I am pretty responsible and am an experienced swimmer. I don't like to see people down and I like to encourage and lift people up."

Sydney started swimming when she was 8 and swam with the St. Albans Barracudas swim team. She has goals to get back to the state meet and to also break the school record in the 50-yard freestyle.

Winfield's Coach John Ross nominated Sydney for this award and had this to say regarding to her performances this season: "Sydney is tough on herself, especially when she doesn't perform to her own high expectations, but her hard work is paying off. As a leader, she is motivating and encouraging, especially to our new swimmers. She is always ready with helpful and encouraging advice when another swimmer is struggling or just needs to be uplifted. She also knows when and how to take charge, a skill I don't think she realized she possessed."

Sydney finds her motivation from her parents who have always been there to encourage her. "They are both very competitive, but have shown me how to be competitive in a positive way. They have never forced me to do anything and have encouraged me in any activity I have participated," said Sydney.

Sydney has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the KEY Club, Ski Club, HOBY and YoungLife. She is a former member of the Generals softball team and is participating on the track team after the swimming season is complete. Sydney said she would like to thank her coach for this nomination and her teammates for all their support.

Look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc.