Seven Bellingham Bay Swim Team Swimmers Ink With College Programs for 2021-22

Bellingham Bay Swim Team
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NEW COMMITS: In a year of unprecedented firsts, Bellingham Bay Swim Team had a record number of swimmers sign National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and swimming careers at universities across the country for the 2021-22 season.

“To have all seven of our seniors realize this dream, and have this chance, is a testament to each of their tremendous commitment, and also to the wonderful support network of family, teammates, coaches, and community that played a part throughout the years,” said BBST head coach Chris Coghill.

Bella Cratsenberg

  • Bellingham High School
  • Medalled at TYR ISCA Junior National Championships
  • Committed to New Mexico State University

Teigen Detta

  • Mt. Baker High School
  • Futures qualifier
  • Committed to Southern Illinois University

Jonah Herring

  • Sehome High School
  • Top finisher at Pacific Northwest Championship
  • Committed to The College of New Jersey

Gavin Jones

  • Bellingham High School
  • Two-time USA Swimming All-American
  • Committed to Denison University

Sara Jones

  • Lynden High School
  • Five-time Washington 2A State finalist
  • Committed to Concordia University – Irvine

Evan Trout

  • Bellingham High School
  • Finalist at Pacific Northwest Championship
  • Committed to Fordham University

Korbin Vera

  • Bellingham High School
  • Runner-up at Washington 2A State Championships
  • Committed to New York University

    Bellingham Bay Swim Team

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When the nation was closing down for social distancing efforts last spring, the team’s training facility, Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, in Bellingham also closed its doors. Training was at a halt, but these then-rising seniors who had trained years for senior year championships, national championships, and college scholarships could not let their work and dreams fall to the side.

Many of the student-athletes swam in the frigid Padden Lake and followed individual dryland and strengthening regimes. As restrictions changed, and with the remodeled fitness facility opening in Lynden, Forge Fitness, the team relocated training to the Lynden pool.

The team trains under the direction of Coghill and dryland training coach Brad Jones. They will travel to St Petersburg, Fla. in March for the TYR Senior International National Cup.

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    Outstanding—thank you for supporting our student athletes! We’re super proud!

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