“Our kids will lead if we give them the chance,” said Clark Udell, Forest Hills Central High School athletic director. He is referring to a simple act of kindness and sportsmanship displayed by members of the Ranger girls’ swim team during a recent swim meet with Northview Public Schools. The following is an excerpt from a story posted on MLive and written by Steve Kaminski, titled “Northview swimmer brought to tears by Forest Hills Central’s sportsmanship.”
Sarah Pataniczek swam one race all season, but it just might have been the most memorable 50 yards of her high school career.
Pataniczek is one of Northview’s most accomplished swimmers in program history, having earned all-state six times and setting seven school records. However, she underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in August, which brought her senior season to an end before it began.
But with Senior Night Tuesday, Pataniczek decided to give it a go one last time, even though she had to swim with one arm. Northview coach Rob Damuth penciled Pataniczek in to anchor the 200 freestyle relay when the Wildcats hosted Forest Hills Central, and after she completed her leg, she noticed something unexpected happened.
Northview won the relay with a one-armed swimmer.
It soon made sense when Emily Johnson, who anchored FHC’s relay, came swimming down her lane with one arm. In fact, her three teammates swam the relay with one arm, too.
It was the Rangers’ way to pay tribute to Pataniczek and her struggles this fall.
To read the entire story online and view the video of the race, go to: https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2019/11/northview-swimmer-brought-to-tears-by-forest-hills-centrals-sportsmanship.html