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home : sports & recreation : sports & recreation July 24, 2017

6/6/2017 12:35:00 PM
Singleton named swim head coach
By Rongi Yost

Bryn Singleton has been Sisters High School's assistant swim coach for the past three years, so will easily slide into the head coach position.

Although she didn't swim in high school or college, she took up the sport when she started to compete in triathlons about five years ago. Through that process Bryn discovered she loved swimming, and it's become one of her favorite ways to exercise.

"I really like swimming because it's a challenging, great workout, and also great for your body long term," said Singleton. "It's a complement to running and other sports, and something you can do life-long."

Bryn started coaching swimming at Sisters Athletic Club, and from there was hired as the assistant swim coach at the high school. In addition to swimming, Singleton has coached middle school track for the past two years, and has helped coach the SPRD summer cross-country camp the past two years as well.

This winter, Bryn hopes to bring new swimmers to the current 16-person squad.

"I think people assume swimming is a hard sport to take up if they haven't done it before high school," said Singleton. "Even though it's a hard workout, we love having new swimmers on the team. Anyone can learn and progress."

Since Bryn has been with the program for the past three years, it should be a seamless transition. Bryn told The Nugget she hopes to continue to help kids have a great team experience, and to realize being on a high school team is about much more than just the sport itself.

"The best part is seeing all the kids come together and bond as a team during bus rides, dinners out, and over-night trips," said Singleton.

Bryn and her husband, Ryan, have lived in Sisters for the past six years. Their son, Will, is in kindergarten, and their daughter, Kate, is in third grade. Bryn works full-time at the high school as a paraprofessional in special education.

Gary Thorson, SHS athletic director said, "Bryn has been involved here at the high school for a number of years and has a great feel for the type of culture we are trying to build for our athletes. Having already served as an assistant in our swim program, she knows the athletes very well, and it will be a smooth transition for the team this winter. She is very organized and has high expectations for the athletes she works with, and we are excited about her taking on this role as head coach for the swim program."

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