Cass Tech sophomore Ashley Holmes was rehabbing a strained shoulder in the days leading up to the Detroit Public School League girls’ swimming championship meet at Western International High School.
When the horn sounded, Holmes, though still sore, was a force to be reckoned with as she won the 50 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke and anchored the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays to help the Lady Technicians run away with their 10th consecutive PSL girls’ swim crown.
“She consistently swam well and her time (27.63) in the 50 free was just two seconds off the state qualifying time,’’ Cass Tech coach Eugene Collins said of Holmes, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “She swam hurt and still put up great times. She swims all summer and is committed to being a great swimmer. That’s what makes her so good.”
Holmes hurt her left shoulder competing in the preliminaries. “I overstretched my muscle,” she said. “My mom spent the week taking me to rehabilitation. At first, it was tough. But my coach told me to trust my shoulder and that’s what I did.”
A student with a 3.0 grade point average, Holmes has been swimming eight years and hopes the sport leads to a college scholarship.
“I plan to go to Ohio State and swim for them and try to make it to Olympics,’’ she said.
Her immediate goal is to qualify for state competition after coming so close this year. “I missed by only two seconds, but I’m just a sophomore,’’ Holmes said. “I still plan to get it by my junior year.
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators