Problems Then Progress At The Pool

Max Schuster, Editor

With one week remaining in the 2021/22 season, Head Coach, Jason Brennan, was put on probation due to an incident at practice. According to an email sent to parents of swim team members from Athletic Director Mich Canuso-Bedesem, “During practice, Coach Jason lost his temper and behaved in a way that does not reflect the values of our athletic program.”

Despite setting multiple pool and league records, the 2021/22 Westtown swim season was marked by this incident.

“It was shocking… in the moment I didn’t know what to do,” said three-year team veteran and team captain Puddy Boonkongchuen ’22.

After the incident, Canuso-Bedesem and the coaching staff set up multiple team meetings that facilitated conversations about potential changes. 

“Clarity around expectations, not just of what as a coach I would expect of my players, but also what players can expect from their coach.” said Canuso-Bedesem regarding what she wanted to see from coaches going forward. 

“I should have addressed [it] before I let it build up, you can’t let things just linger because they end up boiling over,” said Coach Brennan when asked about the incident. 

Although the incident was a low point for the team, the following Saturday, “there was an open pool [session], and we encouraged our teammates to come, and I thought it was a good time. It was fun bonding and messing around,” said Boonkongchuen.  

In addition to the new tone set after the incident, the team’s success at the Friends School League Championship proved the team could rebound from adversity. Highlights included: the Westtown Boys Swim Team placing third overall, Westtown Boys placed first overall in the 200 Medley Relay and set a new team record. Paige Fisher ’25 set a new team record for the Westtown Girls Swim Team in the 100 Breaststroke. And the boys  team set new team and league records in the 200 Freestyle Relay.