Athlete of the Week: Bryce Ciecko

Athlete of the Week: Bryce Ciecko

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Athlete of the Week: Bryce Ciecko

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Athlete of the Week: Bryce Ciecko
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BRYCE CIECKO, senior, Mount Pleasant swimming

THE WEEK: Won the 200 freestyle (1:53.58) and 100 backstroke (56.43) in a 94-75 victory over Appoquinimink last Monday, and won the 200 freestyle (1:56.48) and 100 butterfly (59.55) in a 94-64 victory over Newark on Thursday as the fifth-ranked Green Knights moved to 8-0.

THE STRENGTH: “I’m probably best at backstroke and freestyle. I just seem level between the two of them,” Ciecko said. “I struggle with breaststroke the most. It’s the stroke I’ve had to put the most work into.”

THE COACH SAYS: “He’s got a work ethic that is beyond the normal work ethic of being a swimmer,” Mount Pleasant coach Kelli Bradley said. “He has a swimmer’s body, and he just continues to work hard.”

THE RECORD: As a sophomore, Ciecko broke the 500 freestyle school record set in 1979 by Bruce Gemmell, who now coaches Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky. He lowered it again – to 4:38.10 – as a junior. “I’ve always looked up to him as a role model in this sport, as far as he has gone in it,” Ciecko said. “It was a goal of mine to be able to go after that.”

THE ENDURANCE: Ciecko is at his best in the longer races. “I enjoy being able to go for a long time and be able to hold a quick pace for a long time,” he said. “I’ve always trained doing events like that, so it has ended up being enjoyable for me.”

THE VERSATILITY: Bradley said Ciecko can win any race, at any distance. “I can put him anywhere, any time, and he’s going to win us the race,” Bradley said. “It’s been nice to see that transition throughout the years, where he can really just win any event.”

THE STATE MEET: Ciecko finished second in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle last year at the DIAA championships. He has yet to decide which events he will contest in the state meet this year. “I can’t control how other swimmers are going to perform or how I’ll place,” he said. “I just want to go out and go best times and improve myself.”

THE CLASSROOM: Ciecko’s favorite subject is Math. “I’ve always enjoyed numbers and how they work,” he said. “It’s kind of interesting to me to see how mathematics works and how complex it is.”

THE FUTURE: Ciecko is receiving recruiting interest from several college swimming programs. He plans to decide on his destination at the end of this season.

Send Athlete of the Week nominations to Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

Mount Pleasant High School swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon.

Mount Pleasant High School swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon.

Mount Pleasant swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington.

Mount Pleasant swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington.

Mount Pleasant High School swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon.

Mount Pleasant High School swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon.

Mount Pleasant High School swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon.

Mount Pleasant High School swimmer Bryce Cieko poses for a portrait in the swimming pool at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon.

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