Owasso’s Kendal Hopper: Swimming Spotlight Presented By Tulsa Tech

By Derrick Smith

There are a lot of ingredients that go into being successful in anything in life, and sports are no different. If you want to hoist that trophy or wear the gold medal at the end, you have to put in all the work ahead of time. Kendyl Hopper knows exactly what it takes in order to be at that level.

“It has taken dedication, motivation, time, effort, mental strength, and so much more,” she said. “I have had to put everything into my sport to be where I am today.”

Hopper, a senior, is a member of the Owasso Lady Rams swim team. She swims distance and the 400 relay. While she loves the sport, she also says she has learned about more than swimming during her time on the team.

“Being on the swim team has taught me so much about myself,” she stated. “I have learned that I am stronger than I thought and that hard work and determination pay off. I’ve made so many lifelong friends on this team and they have built me up and encouraged me everyday.

Kendyl is thankful for all the people who have been a part of her life, but she says there are a few people who have made the greatest impacts.

“Deanie Johnson has been my role model since seventh grade,” she said. “She grows in her faith in God every single day and taught me how to grow in mine. I hope to be just like her. And also, my parents are my role models. They have shaped me into the person I am today, and I am forever grateful for that.

Owasso swim coach Casey Stelzer says that Kendyl is an asset to the team.

“Kendyl is our women’s team captain. She is one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. Not only is she captain, she also has a full class load, a job as a lifeguard, and is active in her church. In the pool, she holds herself and her teammates accountable.”