Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Carlisle swimmer Devon Chenot. The senior set two pool records at the Bulldog Bash on Thursday. Chenot swam a 21.68 in the 50 freestyle race, beating the previous record of 21.86 and the pool record of 21.79, both set by Nathan Smith of Susquehanna Township.
Chenot also clocked a 48.03 to win the 100 free, slightly off the meet record of 47.86 which was also set by Smith in 2012. Chenot anchored the 200 free relay and helped the team set the pool and meet record with a time of 1:30.30.
Q: What went through your mind when you realized you broke records?
A: I would say when I broke those records I was extremely excited, but at the same time very humbled because I know how amazing the people who held those records were.
Q: Is there anything you can pinpoint that’s helped you so much this season?
A: I think this season has just been about continuing where I left off last year and trying to find new things to add to help me continue to improve.
Q: With the Olympics coming up, what sport or sports are you looking forward to watching?
A: I look forward to seeing some of the sports that you don’t always see or hear about. I know my brother has a good time watching curling.
Q: Does your family have any traditions for the holidays?
A: My family doesn’t have many unique traditions for the holidays. We enjoy making cookies and eating lots of seasonal foods.
Q: Does your family do anything for the New Year?
A: We usually have some friends over or go to a friend’s house for New Years.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of swimming?
A: Outside of swimming I do some lifting for fun and to benefit my swimming. Also I play church softball in the spring.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: If I could have any job I would want to be a professional swimmer. I think everyone would like to be a professional in their sport because it’s what they love doing.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: I think my parents inspire me most in my life because of their resiliency and perseverance through tough situations.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: One quote I love is, “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.” This speaks to me because when times are hard you have to remember why you do it.