Abby Stauffer
Abby Stauffer
Abby Stauffer is one of the strongest swimmers for the Chambersburg Trojan girls team, as evidenced by her performance in Thursday's Bulldog Bash.

Stauffer won two individual events - the 200 individual medley and the 100 breastroke - and helped the Trojans win two relays, the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle.

She is Public Opinion's Female Athlete of the Week.

Stauffer said of her performance in the Bash, "I was pleased with my results, but my times could have been better. I'm working all the time to get better."

Chambersburg girls coach Donnie Miller says that Stauffer's strongest event is the 200 IM, and it underscores the fact that she is a good all-around swimmer.

"Abby is very versatile," Miller said. "She went to states as a freshman in the IM. The event incorporates all four of the competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), so it shows how strong she is in each of those areas."

Stauffer said she is happy with how the Trojans' season has gone at this early stage.

"So far the team is working hard," she said. "We've only lost one meet and it has been a fun season."

Miller said a key to Stauffer's success is her dedication.

"Abby is really committed to swimming, he said. "She dedicates her time in practice to completing drills correctly and really works toward the goals we set, whether it be breathing control, technique, pacing or speed. She tries to optimize her time in the water and I think she benefits from that."

Although she is only a sophomore, Stauffer can be looked upon as a team leader.

"I let my swimming do the talking," she said. "I cheer everyone on and try to help them stay motivated."

Miller sees Stauffer as a good role model at such a young age.

He said, "Abby is a good student and leads by example. For most of our practices she is a lane leader and makes sure people are keeping up with their times."

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Joe Kroepil can be reached at 262-4749 and jkroepil@publicopinionnews.com.

Abby Stauffer, Chambersburg

Sport: Swimming

Events: Individual medley, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle

Grade: Sophomore

Parents: Kathy and Dave Stauffer

Interests: Hanging out with friends, attending youth group, babysitting

Surprising fact: Trojan coach Mark Shoap is a good luck charm before meets, helping her put on her swim cap

Most influential people in athletic career: Her high school and YMCA swimming coaches

Athlete most admired: Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin

Statistics: In the Bulldog Bash, Stauffer finished first in the 200 IM in 2:13.82 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.18 She also helped the Trojans win the 200 medley relay (1:56.94) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.58).