CLARKSTON (WWJ) – It’s not everyday that a student finds what they love to do because of their family members; but in the case of Clarkston High School senior swimmer, Dalton Pokley, that is exactly what happened.

Pokley told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Ryan Wooley he didn’t want to follow in his brothers’ footsteps of playing basketball, so instead he went to the pool next to the gym and found he was actually good at swimming.

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But success didn’t come easy at first.

“Hard work pays off,” Pokley said. “Like, a lot of people think that talent can get you everywhere, but that’s not true. So you just have to keep working towards it, and then it’ll come true.”

Pokley’s coach Kenwyn Chock said it’s not a surprise the team went undefeated this season because Pokley — who, by the way, broke a few school records during his high school tenure  — is the type of team captain you want.

“The most important thing for any team is that your athlete has to be the hardest worker, and that’s what Dalton brings,” she said.

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Pokely is now on the verge of not only achieving the goals he set out for himself, but attending college on a swimming scholarship.

The team will wrap up the season with the MHSAA State meet on March 13 and 14 where Pokley will compete in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly to make one last impression on the colleges that are looking to bring him in — which include
Olivet Nazarene, Oakland and Saginaw Valley State University.


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