Lydia Cole has a gift.
She is a talented swimmer — but that’s not the gift we’re talking about.
“This is kind of a distraction,” she said with a laugh, gesturing toward the pool behind her. “It’s very helpful.”
A junior at Thornapple Kellogg High School, she swims through a cooperative program with students from Delton Kellogg and Hastings.
“Lydia is something special. She works hard,” head coach Carl Schoessel said. “She’s never missed a practice.”
Well, she has missed a few, but it wasn’t by choice.
In May, doctors told Cole she had pancreatic cancer.