WolfPack swim team has stayed local for their first recruit signing
Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack swim team has stayed local for their first recruit signing for the 2016-17 Canada West season.
Head coach Brad Dalke and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that Gabrielle Dagasso of St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops, BC has signed a letter of intent to join the program effective September 1st.
“I think staying at home to go to school and swim was always my first priority,” said the 5’6” Dagasso. “ That and staying with my coach Brad.”
Dagasso, who will be taking a Bachelor of Science has been a member of the Kamloops Classics swim team since she was 14 years old (4 years). She hopes to go into medicine in the long term.
She began swimming at summers in Dawson Creek BC and with her competitive career starting when she lived in London, Ontario at the London Aquatic Club.
“Gabby is a very determined and dedicated athlete while also being an excellent student,” says Dalke. “ She is a sprint free and butterfly specialist who has already achieved her Canada West qualifying standards.”
“I love Brad as a coach he is a lot of fun,” said Dagasso. “He is the perfect balance of hard and easy and knows when to push you and when not to.”
Dagasso is looking forward to swimming regularly with returning WolfPack swimmers Jagdeesh Uppal and Taylor Carmichael. “I love talking with them. They are always so helpful.”
“She will be a great addition to the team,” Dalke adds. “She has already trained with our TRU swimmers since the team began and will fit right in.”
She says the key to making the jump to Canada West swimming is simple: “Attend every practice and work hard. Work on your technique.”
As far as helping out with younger swimmers , Dagasso says :“I like having the kids looking up to me and absorbing what I have to teach them. It is a lot of fun to see them go to bigger levels of competition.”