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Jayhawks Add Three Swimmers

The JCC swimming and diving team has recently signed three recruits for next season as the Jayhawks will return to the pool. Pictured, from left, are: Colby Pantell, Tia Moppert and Jade Vidas. Submitted photo

Looking to keep adding to the Jamestown Community College swimming and diving team, head coach Todd Conklin has inked three more signees.

The new signees include two local swimmers in Tia Moppert from Gowanda Central School and Colby Pantall from Maple Grove High School. To round out the new group of Jayhawks is Jade Vidas from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Moppert has made her mark at the high school level, qualifying for counties every year she has competed. Moppert has also qualified for sectionals one time.

Moppert has also rewrote the record book at Gowanda, holding eight school records which include the 50-yard, 100-yard, 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles, the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke while also being a member of record-setting 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays as well as the 200-yard medley relay. With Moppert’s versatility, she will look to contribute right away.

Pantall will also look to compete right away for the Jayhawks. Pantall was an integral part of the Panama/Chautauqua Lake/Maple Grove team reaching sectional races on multiple occasions.

Lastly, Vidas will look to bring a competitive style of swimming coming from Parktown High School for Girls where she has had five South African qualifying times, three level 3 times, and five Premier League times. Vidas specializes in the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly. For those events, Vidas has posted a personal best of 31.0 seconds in the 50 free, 32.95 in the 50 back and 30.89 in the 50 butterfly.

“Jade works very well in a team environment,” said Vidas’ high school swimming coach Reece Turner. “She is always willing to extend a helping hand to those who seek encouragement and support.”

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