Special talents who work hard deserve to earn special trips that reward the participant in question with an array of lifelong memories.
Throughout the summer of 2017, 10-year old Catie Boggs has had an incredibly hectic schedule that has seen her excel in not just one, but two different sports.
As a key member of the Wheelersburg 9-10 year-old All-Star softball unit, Boggs, the team’s starting shortstop, led the unit in batting average with an incredible .808 mark. Her unreal numbers, along with a perfect game performance from Ashlee Spence against Fairland — where the latter struck out all 15 batters that she faced — allowed the 9-10 year-old program to take home its third consecutive state championship.
Boggs, however, is not only an elite athlete on the diamond, but in the water, as well.
While the 10-year old blazed through air that’s rarely been touched by many of her peers on the softball side, Boggs continued to simultaneously prove herself as one of the state’s best swimming talents for the Spartan Swim Club. In fact, Boggs, who set a strong mark in the 50-yard breaststroke, set a time that was good enough to qualify for Team Ohio on the national stage.
When Boggs participates at The Zone Championships in Rochester, Minn. against swimmers from all over the nation on Aug. 3, she’ll be among just 164 swimmers in the state — and only 34 that are of 10 years of age — to have qualified for such a prestigious honor, which is an accomplishment that obviously makes her mother, Tricia, very proud.
“It’s a very special thing,” Tricia, Catie’s Mom, said. “Catie is very self-motivated, and to see her work really hard at something and achieve it is a really neat feeling as a parent. It’s neat to see her excel and go to the next level.”
So in order to help fund Catie’s trip to Rochester, the Spartan Swim Club is holding a fundraiser at the Roy Rogers Esplanade on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in order to raise funds for the expenses that Catie and her family will be paying for while in Rochester.
For more about Catie Boggs and her accomplishments, check the Tuesday, August 2 edition of the Daily Times for more regarding Catie.
In addition to the main goal of the fundraiser, however, Tricia sees the fundraiser as a way to raise awareness about the very swimming club that has helped her daughter immensely.
“We want to get more people involved that want to go into swimming competitively,” Tricia said. “It’s a lifelong sport and is something that you can do in your later years. Swimming is easy on your joints, and it’s great exercise, so it’s a good sport to get involved in. I’m hoping that with being on the esplanade, the word will spread about our travel swim team that we have, because a lot of people don’t know that we even have a travel swim team.”
What makes Catie’s run to national competition even sweeter is the lack of training that Boggs has had due to the lack of public swimming pools in Scioto County. Boggs, who trains for around four hours a week inside the Shawnee State University Natatorium, has gone head-to-head against peers that have trained nearly three times more than she has.
“In our area, we’re really limited as far as pool time goes,” Tricia said. “Catie gets four hours of pool time a week, and where we’ve gone to Columbus for different meets and so forth, we’ve met families there whose kids have been swimming for at least 10 hours a week. To see her really work hard for those four hours and then still be able to achieve the standards that she’s set against a high level of competition is really exciting.”
However, that’s simply another example of the kind of athlete that Catie Boggs is — which is certainly one that doesn’t come around everyday.
“God has definitely blessed her with some athletic ability,” Tricia said. “That’s for sure.”
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