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Meet Meghan Paschall!

 
ECA Site: Carteret
 
Age: 17
 
Grade and school you attend: 
 
Senior; West Carteret High School
 
When did you start swimming? 
 
Started swimming club when I was 11 years old
 
Do you play other sports? 
 
I do not play other sports currently
 
Why do you like to swim? 
 
I swim to maintain a healthy lifestyle and for “stress relief”.
 
Favorite stroke?  My favorite stroke is butterfly.  
 
Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement?   
 
I enjoy playing the piano and the French horn. I participate in several school clubs that organize school functions and the community.

 

Meet Chloe Lyles!

 
ECA Site: Roanoke Rapids
 
Age: 8
 
Grade and school you attend: 
 
3rd grade, homeschooled
 
When did you start swimming? 
 
I started taking swimming lessons at age 4. I started on the summer swim team at age 6 and have been on the ECA team for 2 years.
 
Do you play other sports? 
 
I play soccer and softball.
 
Why do you like to swim? 
 
I like to swim because it is good exercise and it makes me want to get better each time I swim in competition with someone.
 
Favorite stroke?  My favorite stroke is freestyle and I also like backstroke.  
 
Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement?   
 
I like to read, ride my bike, and spend time with my friends.
 

 

Meet Collin Bullard!

 
ECA Site: Greenville
 
Age: 13
 
Grade and school you attend:
 
7th grade, Hope Middle School
 
When did you start swimming? 
 
I started swimming with GASSL and the GCC Frogs when I was 6, and began swimming with ECA when I was 11.
 
Do you play other sports? 
 
I spent many years playing Winterville Baseball and Future Stars Soccer, but now I primarily swim.   
 
Why do you like to swim? 
 
"I enjoy swimming because I am competitive, and swimming pushes me to do my best.  I also enjoy spending time with the other swimmers I have become friends with over the years."  
 
Favorite stroke? Freestyle
 
Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement?   
"I enjoy reading, attending youth activities with my church, playing football with my brothers, and playing FIFA and Madden on the XBox."
 

Meet John Hinchey!

ECA Site: Washington

Age: 14

Grade and school you attend:

8th grade at Washington Montessori Public Charter School

When did you start swimming? 

4 yrs old for fun; 7 yrs old competitively 

Do you play other sports?

Soccer

Why do you like to swim?

I’ve always loved the water. Swimming is a fun sport and you get to compete with a team. 

Favorite stroke?

My favorite stroke is Breaststroke- 100 and 200 yard

Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement?

I am a certified advanced open water scuba diver and I also love sailing. I am hoping to start a sailing club this spring. 

 


Meet Nadiyah Schellenger!

ECA Site: Camp Lejeune

Age: 10

Grade and school you attend:

6th grade at Brewster Middle School

When did you start swimming? 

Age 4

Do you play other sports?

Not right now because I want to have my focus on swim!

Why do you like to swim?

Swimming makes me feel calm and happy. At school people always say how small I am, but when I swim it doesn’t matter and I feel confident in the water.

Favorite stroke?

That’s hard to choose, I like backstroke and breast stroke.

Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement?

I am in band right now playing the flute. I love to read books. I also like to help kids who do not understand math or reading. I love when we volunteer as a family to help the homeless.

 


Meet Claire Chesnutt!

ECA Site: Carteret

Age: 14

Grade and school you attend:

Freshman at Croatan High School

When did you start swimming? 

Age 7

Do you play other sports?

No

Why do you like to swim?

I enjoy swimming for many reasons. It's great exercise, allows me to be competitive, and I have made a lot of friends through the years. It also allows me to challenge myself and see the results of my hard work in my times. 

Favorite stroke?

Freestyle and Backstroke

 


Meet Ainsley Delbridge!

ECA Site: Greenville

Age: 17

Grade and school you attend:

Senior at John Paul II Catholic High School

When did you start swimming? 

Age 8

Do you play other sports?

No

Why do you like to swim?

I love swimming for the physical challenges and the reward of individual improvement in a team setting.

Favorite stroke?

Freestyle

Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement? 

Teaching swim lessons, school ambassador/recruitment, high school team captain, service through the National Honor Society and Carolina Pregnancy Center

 


Meet Parker Byrd!

Age: 10

Schoool/Grade:  I am in the 5th grade and I attend John Small School in Washington. 

ECA Site: Washington

When did you start swimming?

August of 2017

Why do you like to swim? What is your favorite stroke?

I swim because it is fun, competitive, and it makes me stronger. My favorite stroke is the butterfly. 

Do you play other sports?

Yes, I play baseball and indoor soccer. 

Hobbies, extracurricular activities and/or volunteer involvement?

I like to hunt, fish, skimboard, kayak, and hang out with my friends.

 


Meet Mikey Hartson!

Age: 14

Schoool/Grade: Mikey is an 8th grader at Chaloner Middle School 

ECA Site: Roanoke Rapids

When did you start swimming?

I started swimming with Roanoke Valley Swim Team at 7 years old. The last 3 years I have been swimming with ECA at Roanoke Rapids.

Why do you like to swim? What is your favorite stroke?

Swimming is my favorite sport. I like to compete in meets while staying active year round. I am looking forward to 9th grade and becoming a member of the RR swim team. My favorite stroke is Freestyle

Do you play other sports?

I play basketball.

Hobbies, extracurricular activities and/or volunteer involvement?

Hobbies, extracurricular activities &/or volunteer involvement?   I enjoy playing the trombone in the school band. I also kayak, fish and hike on the Canal trail.

 


Meet Matthew McCray!

Age: 14

Schoool/Grade: Matthew is a Freshman at Croatan High School.

ECA Site: Carteret

When did you start swimming?

I started swimming on a summer league when I 5 years old and started year round swimming when I was 8. 

Why do you like to swim? What is your favorite stroke?

I enjoy swimming because it is a competitive sport and because of all the great friends I’ve made.  My favorite stroke is freestyle 

Do you play other sports?

I play baseball and run cross country 

Hobbies, extracurricular activities and/or volunteer involvement?

Surfing, hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, boating Matthew McCray. I like volunteering with my church family at the soup kitchen. 

 


Meet Kaitlyn Ormond!

Age: 15 

Schoool/Grade: Kaitlyn is a rising 10th grader at Beaufort County Early High School in Washington.

ECA Site: Washington

When did you start swimming?

2016

Why do you like to swim? What is your favorite stroke?

I like swimming because it helps me maintain a healthy balance of self-discipline in other aspects of my life. In addition, it helps me gain confidence when I beat personal goals and helps me stay fit. It's also fun. LOL. My favorite stroke is freestyle.

Do you play other sports?

Not at the moment, but I want to try volleyball. I played volleyball and softball when I was younger.

Hobbies, extracurricular activities and/or volunteer involvement?

In my free time, I like to read, play video games or study language. However, I spend most of my time doing schoolwork. Last year, I dabbled in Fitness Club, but this year, I think I want to try out Greenhouse Club or Science Olympiad. 

 

Meet Geoff Hatfield!

Age: 13

Schoool/Grade: Geoff is an 8th grader at Swansboro Middle School

ECA Site: Camp Lejeune

When did you start swimming?

I started swimming at age 5 when we were stationed in Okinawa, but I started competing at age 9

Why do you like to swim? What is your favorite stroke?

I enjoy swimming because it is very different from other sports and is very difficult at times.  My favorite stroke is Breaststroke.

Do you play other sports?

I also enjoy running.

Hobbies, extracurricular activities and/or volunteer involvement?

A couple of my hobbies include going to the beach and hanging out with friends. 

 


 

Meet Emily Armen!

Age: 12

Schoool/Grade: Emily is in 7th grade at Hope Middle School

ECA Site: Greenville

When did you start swimming?

I started swimming at the age of 5

Why do you like to swim? What is your favorite stroke?

I likes swimming because I love spending time with my friends every day.  My favorite stroke is freestyle.

Do you play other sports?

I enjoy playing with my dog Boomer, cooking, hanging out with my friends, amusement and water parks, and being outdoors.

Hobbies, extracurricular activities and/or volunteer involvement?

I am involved in Beta Club, Viola and Youth Group and serves breakfast at the homeless shelter with church.