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Emma Forman has been on Delaware Riptide Aquatics since she was 6 years old. She is a member of the class of 2020, and is graduating in the top 5% of her class of 418 students. She will be attending Wingate University in the fall to swim for their nationally ranked Division 2 swim team and study nursing.

 Richard Poist swim career began in the fifth grade when his mom convinced him to join OPST for the first time. Up until that point his swim experience had consisted of splashing around in the ocean for fun. When he first began his relationship with the sport, saying he did not enjoy it would be putting it mildly. He admits he struggled to find the motivation to make it to practice, and that it was his mom’s dedication that kept him in the sport that was new to him. However, it was once he began participating in the summer season that his outlook of the sport changed. He found the meets interesting and his new friends amazing, which made staying with the team much easier. And while he still didn’t look forward to practice, (does anyone really though), it was because of his time during the summer that he fell in love with the team. From that point his career has mostly been the same for OPST, swimming year round but loving the summer for the fun time that it was. Richard joined the Stephen Decatur swim team his Freshman year of High School and competed with them for his High School tenure. It was here that he was fortunate enough to serve as Captain his Junior and Senior year as well as place at the State Championship.Richard says, “While unfortunately it appears my competitive swimming, career is coming to a close, I’m ecstatic to be attending the United States Naval Academy and eventually serve my country! I’ll miss the Ocean Pines Swim Team greatly as the team and its coaches have played an instrumental role in forming who I am today and I could not have come as far as I have without them.”

Marissa Bittner
 has been swimming every summer for DSA since she was eight years old. She currently holds two DSA relay records. Marissa’s senior year highlights include being elected team captain for the Appoquinimink High School swim team, making podium at states, and earning Top 25 Academic Scholar in her graduating class. In the fall, she will attend Shippensburg University where she will study biology and swim on their Division 2 swim team. She is thankful for all of the coaches, teammates, and family that have supported her throughout the years.

Mikayla Denault remembered when she was younger, sitting in her mom’s office of the YMCA scared of joining swim team. This was until someone older on the team encouraged her it would be a really fun way to make friends and get ribbons. At this point, Mikayla watched Jaws with her uncle and was afraid to swim again. With this encouragement, she fell in love with the sport of swimming. As a part of HFY Swim Team for 13 years and Stephen Decatur Swim Team for four years, she met incredible people and coaches that inspired her to work harder. You would often see Mikayla dancing behind the block and giving pep talks to her teammates as a captain for SDHS and in the summer with HFY. Also having other passions, Mikayla developed a love of writing and running outside of swimming. Now, Mikayla will be attending Northwestern University to major in Journalism and join triathlon club. She is thankful for the family and support system she has found in this sport. 

Anna Miller recently graduated from Bohemia Manor High School. I have been swimming for Sho'men Aquatics for twelve years, and I am continuing my athletic and academic career at Washington College in Chestertown Maryland.

Sarah Perdue has been swimming for the SSA Dolphins since she was 8 years old when her parents signed her up. She soon learned to love the sport and realize how good she could be if she put in the hard work. To do this, she took the sport more seriously so that she could be one of the best. She is currently on the record board for her pool in the 200 freestyle relay and has had her fair share of blue ribbons throughout her years. Her love for swimming helped her join her high school swim team and compete. She was on the Sussex Technical High School Varsity swim team freshman through senior year. With her time at Tech she was elected captain of the swim team senior year, went to compete at states every year, made podium for relays at the Henlopen Conference Swim Meet, and was elected to the 2nd team Henlopen All Conference sophomore, junior, and senior year. With all of her hard work and dedication Sarah put into swimming, she was happy with her results and made memories that will last a lifetime.