WDEL Athlete of the Week

Tatnall's Jones - WDEL Female HS Athlete of the Week

By Gianna Banner Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 5:13pm
VIDEO: Interview with Kaitlyn Jones
Tatnall swimmer Kaitlyn Jones is this week's WDEL Female High School Athlete of the Week.

The senior won the 200 Individual Medley at the DIAA State Meet on Saturday, and broke the State record she set last year.

"That was so much fun...that was my goal I guess you could say, and I, I've been training for it for awhile. It was a lot of fun," Jones said about earning one of her two state titles.

Jones, who broke Olympian Missy Franklin's 200 IM National record by more than half a second in the championships, made sure she was ready this past weekend.

"I did a lot of race preparation, fast stuff during practice, and just transferred that over to my race," said Jones, who also beat out her competitors to earn a state title in the 100 butterfly with the record of 53.62 seconds.

The Tatnall girls' swim team was not as successful as Jones has seen in previous years, but it doesn't bother Kaitlyn because swimming isn't always about winning.

"It's not frustrating at all. I think the main part is that our team has fun versus being successful. So, I think having fun is successful in my mind," said Jones, who is known to keep a positive attitude.

As a senior, Jones had to make sure she stepped up and took a leadership role, along with the other only senior on the team.

"I guess a lot of the younger kids on the team and the new kids, they look up to me and...Gabby so we had to sort of make ourselves leaders," said Jones, who doesn't know how she balances swimming, academics, and a social life.

Kaitlyn, who will miss her high school team, will continue her swimming career at University of Virginia next year. Jones told WDEL the reason she is excited to begin another chapter of her life.

"Well, I just love the team there, and the atmosphere, and how close it was to my home, and the academics there are great so it was like it had everything that I was looking for," said Jones,who wants to study medicine.

Tatnall coach of two years,Christine Nutini, was thrilled with Jones' performance, not just at the state meet but ever since she came on board.

"Well last year, I thought she was good. This year, I think she's amazing. Basically, she met all my expectations and more. She never ceases to amaze me, and she's a wonderful person not only a wonderful athlete, and I've been very happy to get to know her over the last couple of years," she says.

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