Senior Spotlight: Ella Bingham

Adam Depmore

It is with great pride and admiration that we recognize Ella Bingham, a truly invaluable member of our swim team. Over the years, Ella has not only honed her athletic skills to become one of our top swimmers, and record holders, but she has also matured into a fantastic leader and an outstanding individual.

Ella's dedication and hard work in the pool are matched by her exceptional character and the positive influence she has on her teammates. Her commitment to excellence is evident in every practice and competition, where she consistently sets a high standard for herself and inspires those around her to strive for their best.

Beyond her impressive athletic achievements, Ella stands out as a remarkable role model for our younger athletes. She leads by example, demonstrating sportsmanship, resilience, and a strong work ethic. Her kindness, encouragement, and willingness to mentor others have fostered a supportive and motivating environment within our team.

Ella Bingham embodies the true spirit of our swim team—Integrity, Respect, and Excellence. We are incredibly fortunate to have her as part of our team and look forward to her continued success and the positive impact she will undoubtedly continue to make while at BYU.

Thank you, Ella, for being an extraordinary person and a shining example for us all.

 

How long have you been swimming?
I've been making waves in the pool since I was five! My swimming journey began on a summer team in Georgia. When we moved to Texas, our family joined the Round Rock Dolphins. At the start of fifth grade, I became a member of Lone Star, and I've been swimming on the team ever since. 

How did you get into swimming?
With six kids aged eight and under, my mum had difficulty keeping track of us at the pool.  We joined the neighborhood summer swim team to learn how to swim. When I first started Lone Star, it was different from what I experienced in summer league. The sets were harder, and we didn't always have "fun Fridays." It was a bit of an adjustment, but I learned to love it!

What are your plans for next year?
I will attend Brigham Young University in the fall. I plan to continue swimming; life is better when I am in the pool every day!

Long-term plans?
After college, I plan to attend professional or medical school. My dad is a third-generation dentist, so maybe I'll be the fourth!

Favorite LSAC memory?
My favorite Lone Star memories come from the daily grind. I've always loved how my mind and body felt after finishing a "death set." (Death sets are sets where you don't know if you'll survive.)  Cheering my teammates on through those hard days was worth it. 

Favorite swim?
My favorite swim was in February 2020, right before the pandemic hit. I competed at my first Jr STAGS swim meet. I swam the 100 butterfly and got my first STAGS cut (when the STAGS cut was faster/different than an A cut). That swim helped me recognize my potential to go further in swimming. The next summer, I got my first Sectionals cut.

Where are you going to school?
I plan to attend BYU next year.

Did you receive any scholarships?
I received a half tuition scholarship from BYU for my academic performance through high school. 

What is your major?
My major is not set in stone yet. I am interested in Dietetics, exercise science, or another math or science degree. 

Recommendations for young kids?
As Dory famously said, "Just keep swimming." You may not love it right now, but it's worth it. Don't forget your goals; do everything you can to accomplish them. Listen to your coaches!

Are you swimming in college?
This past year has been full of ups and downs. I went on an all-expenses paid recruiting trip to Utah Tech University in the fall. If I wanted, I could've swam at Utah Tech. I also went on an unofficial trip to visit the BYU swim team. The decision came down to: "Where would I want to go if I didn't swim? What type of environment do I want to be in?" Although I recently discovered that BYU currently does not have a walk-on spot for me on their team, I plan to continue swimming on a club team. I still hope to earn a spot on BYU's college team. This was not the way I hoped things would go, but I can't help but look back at all the things that swimming has taught me. No matter how my swimming career turns out, I feel so blessed by how far I've come and who swimming has helped me become. 

Academic advice?
Set aside time each day in middle and high school to study. Putting in the work is more important than any grade. If you're struggling, ask for help. 

Who is your favorite coach?
I've had many coaches over the years, but Coach Adam is my favorite. He's helped me the longest and helped me recognize my potential. I've learned so much from his guidance, not only about swimming but about life! Shout out to Coach Brendon, Coach Dax, Coach Gabe, and Coach Walker as well!

Other pointers?
If you feel like you aren't improving, don't be too hard on yourself. Be thankful for how far you've come. The drops will come, but don't be too stressed about the times. Don't put yourself through all that pressure. If I had to go back and talk to my younger self, I would tell her to enjoy the process and be thankful for everything you've learned.