Senior send-off

CHESTERTOWN — Grayson Wise, who heads up the swim program at alma mater Kent County High School, applauded her seniors on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in their final home meet.

Wise became the head coach three years ago at the same time that then-sophomores Ben Loller and Aaron Saunders dipped their toes into high school competition. They missed out as freshmen because of the COVID pandemic.

“It has truly been an honor and privilege to be their coach for the past three years and to see them grow as strong athletes and grow into young adults,” Wise said as a segue into the introduction of Ben and Aaron during the break in action of Tuesday’s meet at the Kent County Family YMCA in Chestertown, which is the Trojans’ home pool.

Ben is headed to Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island where he intends to major in computer science and artificial intelligence. He plans on a career in developing machine learning and AI models.

Aaron has been accepted at several colleges and universities with a major in music education, but is leaning toward Towson University. He recently auditioned for Towson’s music department and was awarded the music merit scholarship.

Also recognized on Tuesday was three-year swim team manager Madison Messick. It appears that she will be heading off to the University of Maryland at College Park in the fall where she intends to major in environmental policy.

Here’s some other fun facts.

Ben is a letter winner in three sports: cross country, swimming and lacrosse.

Aaron is a two-time team MVP in tennis and drum major of the high school’s Brigade of Blue marching band.

Madi also was the manager of the field hockey team in the fall and is the student member of the Kent County Board of Education.

Ben, Aaron and Madi have younger siblings on the KCHS swim team.


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