Senior Jack Humphrey signed his NLI at Chenango Forks’ high school stadium on May 13, 2021. He plans to swim at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.
“When thinking about what to say today, the first word that came to my mind was drive. Not just because he drives now, which was a little scary at first,” Varsity Swim Coach Ken Starr joked. “But anyway, Jack has the drive to succeed at anything he puts his mind to.”
Jack has been a member of the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team since his freshman year of high school, when he placed in the Top 16 in the 200 IM in Class C. He continued to place in the Top 16 in both the 200 IM and the 100 freestyle in his sophomore year and earned a medal in the 400 freestyle relay.
“It was that year that Jack knew he wanted to swim in his future,” Starr said. “I can remember him coming to Coach Edwards, Coach Helfrich and myself to ask ‘what do I need to do to swim fast and to keep swimming in the future?”
After that conversation, Jack joined the Chenango Valley swim club and Starr saw a change in his swimming.
“Jack showed up to my first Varsity practice that next season and surprised us all with his speed and abilities that he had gained,” Starr said.
Jack’s breakout season was during his junior year of high school, when he placed in the Top 8 at Sectionals in the 50 Freestyle with a 24.40 and in the 100 Freestyle with a 53.11.
During his senior year, Jack was the captain of the team and role model for his teammates.
“Starting with our pre-season workouts, Jack came in ready to go and to get back into the swing of things,” Starr said. “Despite all odds, Jack drove himself to achieve success.”
This led him to the past season’s achievements: Jack was ranked 16th in the 100 butterfly overall in Class C, he took fourth place in the 50 freestyle with a 23.75, third place in the 100 freestyle with a 52.85, was part of the second-place 200 freestyle relay and the first place 400 freestyle relay.
Jack helped lead the team to a sectional championship.
“Jack has the drive to achieve what he wants and I have no double that he will continue this while swimming at the College of St. Rose,” Starr said. “To Jack: we’re all proud of all that you have accomplished here at Chenango Forks and we look forward to seeing what you do at the College of St. Rose and in your future. Congratulations.”
You can watch Coach Starr's speech in the video below.