Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Amanda Kerrish

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 12:56 AM

Amanda Kerrish

School: Sewickley Academy

Sport: Swimming

Class: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Amanda Kerrish gets a little bit closer to her goal — qualifying for an individual WPIAL event — every meet.

She most recently swam her best 500-yard freestyle of the season and finished in 5 minutes, 56.39 seconds. She also is less than a half-second from qualifying for the 100 breast stroke.

“It takes a lot of hard work, but hopefully in the next couple of meets I’ll be able to do that,” Kerrish said. “I’d be super excited. I was in WPIALs last year for relays, and it would definitely be special to go for an individual event.”

How did you become a swimmer?

I’ve been swimming since second grade, so I’ve always been involved in the sport. I used to be in the Seneca Valley Swim Club, and when I heard about the Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley team, I was really happy to have the opportunity to contribute to another team.

Your coach said she can rely on you for any race. What is your favorite event?

I really like the 100 breaststroke the most. It’s always been my favorite.

What event do you want to improve the most in?

I’d definitely say the 500 freestyle, and I’ve been working with assistant coach Chad Bateson. We’ve worked a lot on pacing, consistency and keeping my turns clean, especially because you exert so much energy in the 500.

What is the best advice coach Alexis Glenn has given you as you pursue your goal of qualifying for WPIALs?

Just to not be too hard on yourself, because there’s always the next race to improve.

What do you do to get yourself pumped up before a meet?

I just like being around my friends. We like to joke around, goof off a little bit and get each other’s energy up.

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of swimming competitively that people might not think about?

Definitely the time management, because swim meets are very long. I usually get home late and still have a bunch of homework. It’s not unmanageable, though.

What classes do you always look forward to?

I really enjoy chemistry and English class. They are very interesting, especially my English class, because it always gives you the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective.

What clubs are you involved in?

I’m a part of the computer science club and the chess club.

What’s your favorite meal?

Pasta. I love pasta, especially the night before a meet.