By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.— Silverton Head Coach Lucky Rogers remembers in between Emmett Bell’s sophomore and junior seasons with the Foxes, there was a spark in the pool.
Following his Junior season, Bell approached Rogers after helping the 200-yard Medley team qualify for State, asking what he needed to do to do to be on the ‘A’-relay.
“On our team, that is the goal. We emphasize the Relays where we have sent all 3 boys and all 3 girls relays to State the last two years. Not many schools can say that. He worked very hard on his strokes, conditioning, and his body,” said Rogers.
“He became a threat for us in all strokes. We ended up going with Fly and Back at District. He just missed going to State in both events. But he was on our Medley and 400 Free Relays that did ho to State. He worked very hard to get where he is. I am very proud of him and his efforts.”
Bell talked about the legacy of Silverton. It’s not all about winning the race as much as supporting those around the team. Leaving a sportsmanship trait behind about the Foxes program during races.
“I think we helped other teams with being a bit more sportsmanlike over these years and I think that will be Silverton’s legacy,” said Bell. “I think the legacy of Silverton swim comes from the fact that we don’t care as much about winning. We just care about cheering the other swimmers. Even if they are not on our team. I contributed when I stood behind the blocks and congratulated the swimmer when they got out and would be excited to tell them their time.”
Entering the next season, Bell became a threat for Silverton in all the strokes and eventually going with the butterfly and backstroke come the District Meet, coming close to qualifying to State Meet in both events and almost breaking the fly record during the season. Something that will drive him further when he swims at Linfield this upcoming season.
““But my personal drive is trying to get remembered. I was unable to get my name up on Silverton’s record board, despite being so close. But I strive to do that with the four more years I have at Linfield,” Bell said. “Getting so close to the record board in Silverton has made me realize that I have a great chance of doing it at Linfield. I also thought it would leave a legacy, because considering the race that it was(butterfly) it would have stayed up there for a long time.”
The Foxes sent three relay teams to State this past Winter, the 200-yard medley, the 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle. Joining the girls 200-yard medley, 200-yard free and 400-yard freestyle relays as Bell was in each the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle races for the Silverton boys.
Silverton finished fifth in the 200-yard medley and were tenth in the 400-yard freestyle race this past season.
“I felt so accomplished getting to swim at state my last two years. It never felt tense with other teams personally. said Bell of the opportunity.
Bell joins teammates Cole Runion, Maggie Kelley, Maddie Broyhill and Samantha Zurcher on the Linfield Swim Team. Broyhill will be pulling double-duty with Volleyball with the ‘Cats.