When Whitney Mundle was a kid, she would take hour-long baths. Her mom couldn’t get her out the water.
Now a senior at Peninsula High School, Mundle is thrilled to get back into the pool after missing several months with a fractured rib.
Mundle suffered a sinus infection right before the Class 3A state swim meet, which turned into pneumonia, which caused her to cough so much that she fractured a rib. Now, after resting and rehabbing for several months, she’s back in the pool and looking to redeem herself after last year’s disappointing finish at state.
“I’m really working as hard as I can because I know I have a lot to make up,” Mundle said. “Since I couldn’t swim, I’ve been working on trying to get healthy, and just working on dryland stuff.”
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Mundle, one of the team’s top swimmers and a senior team captain, will look to provide leadership to a young squad that’s in rebuilding mode.
“She’s got great characteristics that you’d want: She’s honest, trustworthy and leads by example,” said longtime swim coach Craig Brown. “Her workout ethic is good. She’s got a sense of humor. She’s been around swimming a long time so she can offer a lot of insight to some of the younger swimmers. Everybody seems to like her. It’s something you have to grow into, being a leader and captain. They play a big part in the success of the team.”
Brown, who has been the swim coach at Peninsula since 1978, said this year’s group is largely young and inexperienced, and hopes they’ll learn quickly.
“The main thing is for them to have fun but also contribute to their success by being like a sponge in practice, learning everything they can about stroke mechanics and technique, learning how to train, improving themselves in the weight room,” Brown said. “Just doing all the stuff athletes do. Swimming is draining on your body. We’ll see when school starts, with the added pressure, how they can handle that.”
Mundle figures to be a key part of the Seahawks’ success this year, and is shooting for a top-eight finish at the 3A state meet. Despite being young, the Seahawks have set their regular team goal of winning the Class 3A South Puget Sound League.