Westmoore High School varsity swimmer Whitney Pino loves being in the water and around her teammates.
Coach Brett Long and coach Scott Teel entered the season with a team that featured some underclassmen with tremendous talent and upperclassmen with great leadership.
“Whitney is an excellent swimmer that is willing to do whatever is asked of her for the team. She’s also a returning state qualifier,” said coach Long.
Pulling her out of the water was a chore, but we finally caught up with Pino to learn more about her and the Westmoore swim team.
VYPE: Whitney, when did you start competing in swim?
Pino: I have been swimming since I was seven years old. And I’m currently 17 years old.
VYPE: What do your teammates mean to you?
Pino: My teammates meant the world to me. They’re there for you at your hardest times. You’re constantly working out and practicing and your teammates become basically your family. They’re there every holiday, birthday, weekend, rainy day, test day, easy day. Any day, they’re there. They’re your constant reassurance.
VYPE: What do you love most about being a student-athlete at your school?
Pino: I think it’s great being involved with your school community. It gives you a sense of belonging.
VYPE: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Pino: I love to spend time with my puppy named Jack. I enjoy playing with him and teaching him tricks anytime I have spare time.
Other swimmers to watch this season include Isabella Bowdler, Brooklyn Brace, Aynslee Linduff, and Valerie Teixiera.