Kayla Bellant grew up around the pool, spending countless hours watching her five older sisters compete for St. Johns.
The senior has continued what her older siblings started and is having success in the pool for the unbeaten St. Johns swimming and diving team.
It’s been a rewarding experience for Bellant to represent her family in the pool and also get her name on the Redwings’ record board after recently setting a pool mark in the 100 backstroke.
“It’s really an incredible honor being able to represent my family and getting my name up on to the record board now,” Bellant said. “Leaving a little piece of my family name behind is really amazing. It’s awesome, and the support that I get from them – they all understand the swimming career and everything that goes along with it.”
Bellant had three sisters that swam for the Redwings and two others who were divers. She’s found her niche as a swimmer after initially starting out as a diver in sixth grade.
“I just immediately fell in love with swimming and it’s just been my favorite thing ever since,” said Bellant, who switched to swimming in eighth grade.
St. Johns coach Kim Brewbaker, who has coached each of the Bellant sisters, has been impressed with Kayla’s development as a competitor and a swimmer over the last four years.
“When she came in as a freshman I wasn’t really sure what she was going to end up like as a senior,” Brewbaker said. “She has really worked to get where she’s at and it’s just been fun over the years watching her get better and more skilled. She’s worked hard in the offseason to improve too and that’s helped out a lot.”
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Bellant has been a key performer for the Redwings, who are 10-0 and 7-0 in league meets. She has some of the area’s top times in the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
“She set some goals for herself at the beginning of the year and they are really panning out right now,” Brewbaker said. “She’s had great times in the backstroke and she’s been a key swimmer in our relays as well.”
Bellant is striving for a strong finish to her prep career and hopes to experience success individually and with her teammates.
“One of my main goals was definitely trying to get the state qualifying time for the 100 backstroke,” Bellant said. “Overall, (my goal is) just winning conference with my team in the next couple weeks coming up.”
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