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 Cumberland Valley swimmer Logan Skiles. Skiles helped the Eagles land a third-place finish as a team at the Mid-Penn Championships on Saturday with 315 points.
Skiles won the 100 butterfly in 51.04 and helped the 400 free relay squad to a first-place finish in 3:11.06. He helped the 200 medley relay team to a second-place finish at 1:35.46 and he also took fourth in the 50 free (21.50).
Q: What was your experience like competing in Mid-Penn’s?
A: Competing in Mid-Penn’s is always a blast. With it being my second year competing, I came into the meet with a lot more confidence, as well as having my teammates along for the ride makes it even better.
Q: What was it like for you to win your events?
A: It was fulfilling knowing that as I go into the championship season all the hard work is starting to pay off.
Q: How was the team feeling after finishing in the Top 3?
A: The team as a whole was having a great meet with many best times for the season, as well as lifetime bests. So adding getting into the Top 3 as a team made the meet even more electrifying at the end.
Q: Is there anything you can take away from Mid-Penn’s and apply to districts?
A: There’s many things that I have taken away from the meet. One of the most important things from this meet was that it was a decision-making process to whether or not I should do the 50 free or 100 fly at districts — which I ended up choosing to do the 100 fly over the 50. Things such as going into the wall for the turn is one thing that I have to improve on in order to do as well as I hope for, as well as may other little things.
Q: Are there any sports you’re watching in the Olympics?
A: The sport I have to say that I watch every time that the Winter Olympics comes around is the men’s halfpipe for snowboarding. It’s always a thrill to see people such as Shaun White do what they do best.
Q: Any sports you’re waiting to see medals handed out in?
A: I want to see Shaun White get a medal in halfpipe, as well as see Mikaela Shiffrin medal in the women’s slalom.
Q: What teams are you rooting for, and in what sports?
A: Team USA at the Winter Olympics as well as The University of Florida’s men’s swim team at the upcoming SEC championships.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of swimming?
A: I love to spend time outdoors. I’ve always loved climbing mountains with my dad and sitting outside to look at the stars.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: Biochemical engineering because I have always felt that people were meant to better the planet and its inhabitants.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My parents because of all the hard work they have put into being the best parents that I could ask for and always being there to cheer me on no matter what.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” — Muhammad Ali