2.24.2017

Gamers of the Week

Alyssa Rittinger is 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 2017 State Championship this past weekend at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Winfield Generals girl’s swimming team managed to place 15th overall in the A-AAA field. One swimmer who stood out amongst the competition was senior swimmer Alyssa Rittinger. Alyssa managed to defend her state championship in the 500 freestyle, and placed second place in the 200 freestyle.  Rittinger won the 500 freestyle by a staggering 4 seconds and was nearly edged out from also winning the 200 freestyle by just 0.46 sec.  Rittinger closed out her high school career as the two time state champion in the 500 freestyle and the two time runner up in the 200 freestyle. 

When asked about what motivated her during her high school career Alyssa responded, “My motivation comes from the various teammates I’ve had at Winfield and swimming for my travel swim club. I’ve been lucky enough to swim and be coached by so many great people. The coaches have always pushed us to be our best, but I really believe my teammates drove me to become more dedicated with my swimming. My Wild swimming teammates Regan Raines, Michael Lyons, and Cole Newman really inspired me. We are a tight knit group and we have the same goals. We pushed each other and brought he best out in each other.”

Many athletes face some sort of adversity in the quest for success. The best persevere no matter the cards they are dealt. When asked about what she was most proud of accomplishing during her high school swimming career Alyssa said, “Being able to swim in the state championships this season after my shoulder injury this past year. I had an overuse injury with my shoulder that caused me to change how I trained. We really weren’t sure if I was going to be able to make it swim in the state championships. I’m proud I was able to overcome it, but more proud of the support I had from my family, coaches, and teammates.‘

Alyssa currently has a 4.2 GPA and is the daughter of Tom and Amy Rittinger. Alyssa is also swims on a travel swim team, The Wild. She is member of the cross-country team, the student council President, National Honor Society, 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.