Gamer of the Week

Cole Newman is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to senior Cole Newman of Hurricane High School.

The Hurricane Boy’s swim team had an impressive showing in the Region 4 Championship as they placed second overall behind perineal power George Washington High School. One standout swimmer who helped the Redskins place second was senior swimmer Cole Newman. Newman won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.13, which qualified him for the state swim meet in two weeks. Newman also helped place second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Newman wasn’t the only member of the boys swim team that placed for state championships, Alik Assi qualified for the 50 free and the 100 free as well as Reid Palmer for the 200 IM.  

When asked about what motivates him, Cole responded, “My motivation comes from my travel swimming coaches, Emma and Kendra at Hurricane High and my Wild Waves coach Scott Ellis. All of them have guided me throughout training and have brought out the best in my swimming ability. ” When asked about what his goals were for the season, Cole replied, “Making it to state championships has been my goal from last year. Not long ago though I thought my chances were over when I tore my ACL. After having surgery and performing my physical therapy at Teays Physical Therapy Center I have the chance to make it as one of the top swimmers in the state.”

The Hurricane Boy’s swim team has the chance to make some noise at the state swimming championships. The Redskins believe they can win a state championship in the team relays this year as well as place in the top six in their respected individual events. When asked about Cole’s success, Head Swimming Coach Kendra White said, “He’s a natural leader and driven athlete. Cole is coming off an injury that could have ended his swimming career, and instead of being defeated he kept pushing himself toward his goals. His teammates and our coaches admire him for his dedication to the team.” When Coach White was asked about the boys team as a whole she replied, ‘’the boys team this year looks at what’s best for the entire team rather than individually. They each have strong talents and they really push and encourage each other to become better swimmers.’’ The Redskins are hoping to provide the foundation for the boys swim team so it can grow into a power in the AAA ranks for years to come.

Cole currently has a 3.95 GPA and is the son Gary and Joan Newman. Cole also plays on the Putnam County Storm Lacrosse team in the offseason and is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. Cole says he plans to attend University of Mount Union and play lacrosse in college and study computer science with a focus in cyber security.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.