Hanover seniors move on
Paige McCloskey and Chase Ledger have been swimming for the Hanover Stingrays for 13 and 12 years, respectively, but both are headed to college after their summer season ended after championships on July 22.
“When I first started, I was looking for something to do. It’s such a positive atmosphere. We’re still competing, but it’s more relaxing. It’s been a great part of my childhood,” said McCloskey.
Both McCloskey and Ledger also swam for Liberty High School.
“Senior year was rough in that it was a challenging year, and it was vigorous, but with Hanover in the summer, you can decompress,” Ledger said.
Evan Kocon is the head coach for the Stingrays and an assistant to Liberty coach Reik Foust.
“Evan is obviously passionate about Liberty, but Hanover lets him work with the younger kids,” said Ledger, who made a point to thank the coaches, parents, and snack stand volunteers.
McCloskey is on her way to Lehigh, and Ledger is going to Penn State. Jeff Dipalma, another graduating senior, will also attend Penn State.
“I’ll miss the people. This was more relaxing,” McCloskey said. “Championships, it’s the big end.”