Another member of Stingray Swim Club is headed to the NCAA.
18-year old Kenneth Glidden will reunite with two former Stingray swimmers, freshman John Bodden and junior Cole Morgan, enrolling at McKendree University, a Division Two school in Illinois, starting January 2019.
“It’s a great opportunity. John and Cole did influence me, but it’s a great opportunity to get my engineering degree and get further ahead in swimming.”
The breaststroke specialist says after committing to the sport just a few years ago, he’s happy how things ended up.
“I didn’t really think I’d get this far because I just starting swimming competitively when I was 14, just four years ago. Then Coach David (Pursley) came into the picture, and he was really pushing me, so I started pushing myself to see where I could go with this.”
Pursley says Glidden’s rise through Cayman’s swimming ranks is a story of perseverance.
“This is huge for Kenneth. This is something I don’t think anybody saw coming, not even him. About three years ago, he was the oldest in the group by three years. It didn’t look like college swimming was on the radar. For him to have made the progress he has is a testament to the work he’s put in.”
The Triple C graduate’s personal best’s of 1:11 in the 100 breast and 2:34 in the 200 breast aren’t even the most impressive part of his story.
“About when I started in 2014, I wasn’t even swimming the 200s. I was just swimming the 50s and 100s. Then I dropped almost half a minute. In the 200 breast, I’ve dropped 25 seconds. That’s quite a lot of time in a three-plus year period.”
Pursley added Glidden is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.
“He’s got a really long body that helps him keep his stroke count low, and he’s getting more and more power every year.”
Glidden is the second Stingray swimmer to join an NCAA programme this week. Sarah Jackson verbally committed to the University of Northern Colorado.