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Wiley wins first meet
Adly Wiley had to make a decision between playing volleyball and swimming Wednesday night.
Wiley chose swimming. It turned out to be a good choice.
Wiley won her first individual swim event Thursday as she took the 50-meter freestyle in 33.06 seconds in Kofa's dual swim meet against Cibola at the Valley Aquatic Center.
“It was worth it,” Wiley said. “I am pretty sad that I didn't make it to my (volleyball) game but I'm glad I stayed here too. I had a good time.”
A good time is a feeling the sophomore Wiley may not be use to this fall. What she's more familiar with is struggling to juggle diving and swimming for Kofa's swim team and playing on the Kings' junior varsity volleyball team. While it's common for an athlete to play multiple sports, it is unusual to play multiple sports in the same season.
Before the school year started, Wiley decided to quit volleyball, which she started playing in junior high, and join the swim team, which she's been doing since she was a toddler. However, Kofa's volleyball coaches told her they wanted her to return and allowed her to play both sports.
Swim coach Amber Pacewic was hesitant to give Wiley permission to play both sports, but she gave in at the end because of a need for swimmers.
“Everybody I can take, I'll take,” Pacewic said. “If I have to make some small concession because they have band or they are in a club or another sport, which I don't like, then it does take away from their concentration. It was a little bit of a battle for me to say yes for her to do both.”
Since the school year started, Wiley's day is wake up, go to school, attend volleyball practice from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., attend diving practice till 6 p.m. and then swim practice till 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, she goes home, eats, does her homework and goes to sleep “pretty late.” The only reprieve Wiley gets in her “confusing” schedule is she can skip the other practice the day before a volleyball match or swim meet.
Despite her hectic schedule, Wiley said she receives support from her mom, Imelda, who drives her from Kofa to the aquatic center almost every day. As for her peers, Wiley said she receives both admiration and grief.
“I'm not really made fun of, but I'm crazy for doing both,” Wiley said. “I get a lot of support from my friends and peers for doing both.”
Pacewic said Wiley is stressed, but is surviving. Pacewic also admitted it was rough Wednesday when she told Wiley she needed her to be at the dual meet instead of the volleyball match.
Nonetheless, Pacewic usually has a simple message for Wiley.
“I just say we'll get through today and we'll deal with tomorrow.”
Joining Wiley in the winner's circle for Kofa's girls were Emily Hieber in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, Julia Herzog in the 100 free and Bethany Daniel in the 100 backstroke. However, Cibola's girls won 92-74.
For the boys, Cibola won 11 of 12 events to defeat Kofa 136-54. Andrew Russell-Cheung won the 50 free in 23.07 and the 100 free in 50.15.
Kofa's Marty Porchas was the only boys winner, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.58.
Regardless of the win, Raiders coach Richard McClure was not satisfied.
“We still have a few meets to go and a lot of stuff to polish up,” McClure said. “For right now, we're looking OK.
“The goal is to be as strong of a team by the championship meet in October. If we're swimming like individuals now and not working as team, we're not going to do any good.”