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Schroeder Wins Athlete Of The Year

By Don Collins

 

BRADLEY, Illinois -- Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School varsity swimmer Megan Schroeder was named SWSC Athlete of the Year. Schroeder is a four year varsity swim member who has swam to great success during her time here at BBCHS. Amassing over 60 medals during her tenure, she is a shining example of dedication and hard work turning into success and greatness.

 

This season she was a state qualifier for the IHSA Swim Meet. She proceeded to break her own breaststroke record with a time of 1:04.37. This was a full second lower than her time that she swam to win the Sectional title. Schroeder finished 9th and contributed to a BBCHS finish of 34 out of 100 participating schools.

 

Megan parlayed her strong work ethic into this prestigious honor and offered her thoughts on what it’s like to receive this award.

 

“I’m very humbled by it,” Schroeder said. “I’ve been working hard for four years now with the high school and I’ve been for swimming longer before that. It’s a real honor to see my hard work being noticed by not only my coach, but by other coaches too.  It’s really rewarding.”

 

By her side to celebrate the award were two people who have played an important role in her swim career. One of those people would be her father, Joseph Schroeder, who has seen how his daughter has grown as both an athlete and as a swimmer over the past few years. He spoke to the leadership qualities that have enabled Megan to be successful.

 

“We’re very proud of Megan as a young woman,” Mr. Schroeder said. “Obviously, the things she does in the pool, but being a leader on the team. She connects with the seniors, the juniors, [even] the freshmen coming in. All sorts of other places too. Whether it’s being a leader in youth and government or her youth group at church. She’s kind to other people and the kind of young lady you’d like to look up to even if she’s not swimming and winning races.”

 

Coach Scot Boudreau has been coaching Megan during her time at BBCHS. As a coach, he has been able to see the journey to this point in her career. How has she been able to accomplish all that she has?

 

 

“With Megan, all four years she’s stuck to the plan and wanted to achieve her goals,” Boudreau said. “She’s very motivated and dedicated. Even outside of the pool: academically as well as doing the little things, such as eating healthier and making sure she’s staying well hydrated. Sticking to the routine as far as when she knows that she needs to work on something, she’s bound and determined to work on it.”  

 

The Athlete of the Year award serves as a fantastic bookend to a marvelous four-year career at BBCHS, but Schroeder doesn’t have plans to stop swimming. She has a verbal commitment to attend Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky to continue her swim career.