Gamers of the Week

Alyssa Rittinger Gamer of the week

Alyssa Rittinger is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s female Gamer of the Week to Senior Alyssa Rittinger of Winfield High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The Generals Girl’s Swim Team competed in the WVSSAC 2016 Regional IV Championship this past weekend at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia. One swimmer who stood out among the competition was senior swimmer Alyssa Rittinger. Alyssa managed to place first in the 200 freestyle, 500 free style, and tied for first place for the high point with 18 points, and made the all-regional team.

When asked about what motivates her, Alyssa responded, “My motivation comes from my family, coaches, teammates, and my travel swimming coach Scott Ellis. Whether I’m swimming for Winfield or my travel swim team, my coaches and teammates push me to improve. One swimmer in particular who has pushed me is my good friend Regan Raines from St. Albans. She is a phenomenal swimmer and we bring the best out in each other.” When asked about what her goals were for her senior season, Alyssa replied, “Last season I won a state championship in 500 freestyle and now I have to protect my title. At the same time I want to win both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Knowing this is the last time I will swim for Winfield, I plan on leaving everything I have in the pool that day.”

The Lady General’s Swim team has been trying to hit their mark in preparation of the WVSSAC State Championships next week. Head Swimming Coach Linda Wollaber has continued to build on a solid swimming program at Winfield High School and is looking forward to what her team can accomplish at the State Championship. When asked about the team this year, Coach Wollaber replied, “They have continued to set goals for themselves and work to accomplish them. I’m very proud of them for their dedication they have showed as they have continued to push each other during their year-round training. I hope the best for all of them at the State Championships.“ When asked about Alyssa’s swimming over the course of the year Coach Wollaber replied, ‘’Alyssa has continued to be a fantastic leader and role model to our younger swimmers. She has been very motivated her performance in last year’s state championship. We are really pulling for her to win both the 200 and 500 freestyle events in the state championship at WVU next week.”

Alyssa currently has a 4.2 GPA and is the daughter of Tom and Amy Rittinger. She also swims on a travel swim team, The Wild. She is member of the cross-country team, the student council President, NHS, and attends Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life at Winfield. Alyssa will be attending West Virginia University in the fall and plans to study Law while swimming for the WVU swim club team.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Female 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.