One word comes to mind about Our Lady of Lourdes athlete, Blair Wegescheide: athleticism. The 16-year-old has been selected to participate in this year’s Empire State Games. The swimmer is competing in not just one event, but rather three: the 50-yard freestyle, and the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes. This wasn’t an easy accomplishment; she had to place in the top two in each of these events.
But swimming isn’t the only sport she excels in. She also plays basketball for Our Lady of Lourdes HS, and was selected as an honorable mention in the Poughkeepsie Journal’s winter basketball all-stars. This is a clear is an example of exactly the athleticism she possesses.
Now swimming especially in three separate events is not a piece of cake. She has to practice both short and long course swimming. According the Wegescheide, the key to success in each event is learning how keep a good pace, especially in the shorter events.
Despite her athleticism, her dedication is also very impressive. She has to wake up in the early-morning hours just to drive to practice. Remember she still has two years left at Lourdes, so by the time she graduates she will be exceptional.
Look for Sam's full story on Blair in an upcoming edition of the Journal.