Freshman swimmer breaks multiple PHS records

Kennedy Wagner
Freshman Kalli Fama has broken five school records in her time at Perry.

Kalli Fama is blowing it out of the water. Records, that is. Freshman Fama has already broken five school records: the 50 Free, 100 Backstroke, 400 Free Relay, the 200 Individual Medley, and the 100 Free. Two of these records- the 50 and 100 Free- have stood since 2009. “She is a great swimmer in all the events,”said head coach Stephanie Carrasco, who also describes Fama as a very versatile swimmer.

Junior swimmer Kaden Miller also pauses to reflect on Fama’s ability “Kalli Fama is a swimmer to look out for.” As a freshman, Fama is just as fast, or in some cases, even faster than some her older, more experienced peers.

In order to get where she is, Fama has had to log many hours in the pool. In addition to swimming for Perry, Fama also competes for Rio Swim Club in Chandler. “I practice at least nine times a week- morning and afternoon every day. It’s a lot of work,” said Fama. The same also holds true for any sport or extracurricular activity- talent takes time and dedication.

“For our individual dual meets, she can swim anything I put her in.” Coach Carrasco put it. “Her goal is to break every record.” Only a handful of swimmers can actually say they’ve broken as many school and personal records as Fama. “As a freshman, she’s coming in with her times under the school records,” adds Miller.

Miller and Carrasco also have high expectations for Fama during state championships. “I definitely see her being a state champion- possibly even breaking state records.” said Miller.

“She will be definitely placing in state this year,” added Carrasco.

“I’m hoping to get them all,” Fama said, “I think it puts the team at a higher standard.” Breaking state records doesn’t just do good for Fama- it contributes to the swim and dive program as a whole. “I hope to represent Perry to the best of my ability, and show them what we’re really all about.”