Jeff Birdsley is the head coach of Urbana Park District's Nadiators swim team and an assistant coach in the Urbana High School swimming and diving program.
Four-time News-Gazette All-Area girls' swimming and diving Athlete of the Year will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke and 50 freestyle at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Our Athlete of the Year posted a pair of times that ranked inside the state's top 12 at the end of the condensed season.
Her Tigers made significant strides during the shortened 2021 season, becoming more competitive individually and as a team.
Get to know a little bit more about the area's top 10 boys' swimming and diving athletes of 2021.
The senior swimmer underwent complete cranial reconstruction at 9 months old but never let associated challenges prevent him from getting where he wanted to be.
Ryan Aikman is in his sixth year working at Sullivan High School. Throughout that entire time, the athletic director can recall information technology director Mark Waelde streaming home varsity sporting events via Sullivan’s YouTube channel.