Aspen’s Kennidy Quist named swimming All-American
The Aspen Times
Kennidy Quist of Aspen is an All-American. Quist, a senior at Aspen High School and a member of the Aspen Speedos, was recognized as a high school All-American this week when final national prep results were compiled.
“I didn’t know if it was possible this … season,” Quist said in an interview with The Aspen Times. “It was unexpected.”
Gordon Gerson, her coach with the Aspen Speedos, shared the news with the 17-year-old. “He was the one that knew about the times,” said Quist, an honor student being recruited by a number of Ivy League swim programs. She credited Gerson’s training program with the Speedos for her improvements in the pool.
“He has a different training philosophy than I’ve ever had before … and it works,” Quist said. “He is very dedicated to research, which is good because I like to ask a lot of questions. It’ great of Gordon to dedicate his life to the swim team.”
Growing up first along Lake Michigan and then in Florida, Quist said she had to swim.
“My parents … lived on Lake Michigan,” she said. And mom insisted she learn to swim at a young age.
The competition side came along for the swimmer who loved the pool. Her mother also was a competitive swimmer.
“I definitely love swimming and the sport of swimming,” she said. “It’s an internal thing.”
She said knowing results will come after the hard work keeps her in the swim lanes.
“And I had a fantastic coach in Florida,” said Quist, the daughter of Audra and Chad Quist. “He was tough and very old-school. But he was one of the greatest influences on me.”
She’s still in regular contact with the coach from her youth, who fueled her love of swimming.
Swimming at high altitude further accelerated her swimming and her competitive drive, she said.
In addition to her swim club accomplishments, she was a two-time silver medalist at the Colorado High School Swimming Championships as a junior.
Quist said she enjoyed the past season.
“It was fun to be a part of that team,” she said. “It was an exciting season for everyone.”
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