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Benjamin James Konyak

Elmer Shark Swim Team
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My name is Benjamin James Konyak but some of you know me as “SQUISHY”. Anyway I’ve been swimming for the sharks since 2009 to 2021. Next I would like to share some memories with all of you. First I wasn’t a competitive swimmer like these other Elmer swimmers. Then I knew when I got a little bit older I was expected to improve. Which I did before and during high school. I might’ve taken a break freshman year but besides that I knew my life will never be the same without swimming. That being said, I started swimming for the Schalick Cougars sophomore year and after that year I was training with the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club (Gpac). In addition, I would like to thank coach Galetto, coach Mulherin, and coach Dubois for showing me what a true high school swimmer is all about. Even though our record didn’t show it this year, the Schalick boys swim team did a phenomenal job this season. I would like to thank Sean Simms, Jack Wheaton, and Austin Ludwick for sticking with me during those years. Ok let’s get back to Elmer swimming. I will never forget about the morning practices, funday mondays, flipper fridays, the team campout, and all of the wonderful swim meets including this one. Finally, I would like to give a couple thanks to some people. To begin, I would like to give thanks to coach Tony Lisa, coach Kelly, coach Tucker, coach Caroline, and coach Jordan for believing in my swimming abilities. Second, I would like to give thanks to the board of trustees for running this pool smoothly and giving us the opportunity to swim here. Third, I would like to thank all of my Elmer swimmers for making this summer memorable. Lastly, I would like to say a huge thanks to my family Bruce Konyak, Brenda Konyak, Cameron Konyak, and Ana Konyak. I must be getting old but I don’t know if you notice I had the best two coaches in my entire life. Who would’ve thought those two coaches would be a Schalick retiree my dad Bruce Konyak and alumni Elmer swimmer my sister Ana Konyak. SHEEEEEEEESH!!!!  In the future I plan on going to a community college Rowan college of South Jersey and majoring in the medical field. Once a shark,  always a shark. 

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