Beyond The Game With Kaylea Tolchin
Weddington High School junior swimmer Kaylea
Tolchin has been a key part of the Warriors success
the last couple of seasons. The daughter of
David and Katie Tolchin was named as the MVP
for the team last season. Kaylea is ready to help the
Warriors to another successful season this winter.
Let’s go Beyond the Game to learn more about
What led you to choose the sport of swimming to
“When I was in 2nd grade I started swimming on my
neighborhood summer league team. I fell in love with
the sport and decided I wanted to swim beyond summer
league. I started at SwimMAC in their JSL program
for novice swimmers and have been swimming
on the competitive year-round team ever since.”
What events do you swim in?
“I swim all the strokes but my favorites are the 100
freestyle, 200 IM and 100 breast stroke.”
What is your best event and why?
“100 freestyle because I have the opportunity to attack
my walls and really focus on my breathing patterns.”
Can you describe your training schedule?
“I practice at SwimMAC Monday through Friday in the
afternoons after school or in the evenings for about 2
½ hours each workout. Coach usually tries to write his
practices for about 5,000 yards each session. We work
on technique and speed in the pool as well as “dryland”
metabolic conditioning and weight training.”
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?
“Finishing 9th in the high school state championship
meet in the 100 freestyle as a freshman. Being the
highest point scorer on my summer league team for my
age group for 5 consecutive years. Receiving the MVP
award for the Weddington Swimming and Diving team
for the 2014-15 season.”
Can you compare school swimming and club
“Club swimming is year-round so it’s more intense
training with a lot of focus on technical improvement.
The swimmers at the club meets are all very technically
sound and fast! The meets are very competitive.”
“High school swimming is a little more relaxed and fun.
There’s a lot of school spirit with teammates cheering
hard. It’s very exciting and makes me proud to score
for my teammates and school.”
How well do you perform in the classroom?
“I’m maintaining a 4.5 GPA and am in all AP and Honors
classes. I’m studying a lot but do enjoy participating
in club activities like Riley’s Catch and DECA.”