Prep girls swimmer of year: Okemos' Dudley

Prep girls swimmer of year: Okemos' Dudley

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Prep girls swimmer of year: Okemos' Dudley

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Katie Dudley had one of the best seasons in Okemos swimming history this fall, which isn’t too bad considering it’s Dudley’s second-best sport in a pool.

The junior’s sport of preference is actually water polo, and she is hoping to continue playing in college.

“I really like the team aspect,” Dudley said. “Swimming is harder because all of the pressure is on you.”

It didn’t appear to be too hard for Dudley in 2012, as she helped lead Okemos to its 12th straight CAAC Blue title.

Dudley swam the fastest time in the 500, 200 and 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley and was part of the fastest 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay in the final mid-Michigan area honor roll.

She also ranked second in the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay, third in the 50 freestyle and fifth in 100 backstroke.

Being in the pool is in her genes. Her father, Tom Jr., and her grandfather, Tom Sr., both swam for the University of Michigan.

Katie has been swimming competitively since she was four years old. She began playing water polo when she reached middle school

Regardless of the sport, her father and grandfather are always there for support and advice, but one thing they tell her really sticks out.

“Don’t let anything get in the way of your dreams,” Dudley said. “You can do anything if you set your mind to it, put the work in and have a good attitude.”

That’s the way she approached her junior season, and the results were there. After a long season, she has no regrets about how it played out.

“I was excited to be done, but it’s also strange,” Dudley said. “Swimming is a long year, and it’s a lot of work.”

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