Geneseo’s Ethan Herstedt and Joselyn Reisner showed what the Geneseo Gators’ swim program is capable of achieving.

Geneseo’s Ethan Herstedt and Joselyn Reisner showed what the Geneseo Gators’ swim program is capable of achieving.

The duo represented Geneseo against some of the region’s best swimmers at the USA Swimming Illinois Winter Regional Championships, held in Bloomington, on Feb. 24.

Herstedt won the 12-and-under 200-yard backstroke title with a personal best time of 2:32.68.

Reisner raced to fifth in the 12-and-under 50 breaststroke with a time of 37.63, at the event hosted by the Bloomington Normal Swim Club.

A student at St Malachy’s, Herstedt has been swimming since second grade, and he enjoys always racing against the clock.

“It’s about competition but you are not going against anyone,” Herstedt said. “You are racing against yourself.”

Herstedt enjoys getting to know kids from other area schools and forming a bond with other athletes that compete in the pool.

Herstedt said the backstroke was his favorite stroke because of the techniques that goes into the event.

After moving up to compete in the 14-and-under 100 backstroke, Herstedt is eyeing another regional run next season.

Swimming since fourth-grade, Reisner can see herself continuing to swim during high school.

She enjoys swimming because it’s fun, but she enjoys the challenge it provides.

“It takes a lot of strength,” Reisner said. “It’s good to get you in shape for any other sports you want to do, but it’s really calming and fun.”

Reisner has seen the benefits of swimming in other sports competing in track softball and soccer.

With some success, Reisner believes the Gators swim program is picking up momentum in Geneseo.

“It’s fun to see more people coming to the sport,” Reisner said. “They realize swimming a sport you can do your entire life. The more kids try the more they would find they enjoy it.”