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Franks Family Makes Waves at BOHS

Sports Editor Siena Codekas catches up with Wildcat swimmers Kyle and Stephanie Franks.
Audrey Im
Kyle and Stephanie Franks at the BOHS pool deck. The sibling swimmers are part of an aquatic legacy started by older brother Daniel, a 2022 BOHS graduate who currently competes for Chapman University.

As Wildcat swimmers prepare for their first meet of the season on Wednesday, a familiar name once again graces the BOHS pool deck: Franks.

Senior Stephanie Franks and brother Kyle Franks, sophomore, continue an aquatics legacy that began with Daniel Franks (‘22), a three-time All-League selection and two-time league MVP in water polo currently attending and competing at Chapman University.

Kyle continued right where his older brother left off: He led the varsity water polo team in goals scored this season, and last year, as a freshman on varsity swim, he swam a 55.8 second 100 meter backstroke, just three seconds off the BOHS record.

Stephanie, announced as a valedictorian on Feb. 14, swims the 500 meter (the longest event offered in high school aquatics) and made league finals as a junior last season. 

The Franks siblings, Kyle and Stephanie, met with the Wildcat to share how swim has impacted their lives.

Stephanie Franks

The Wildcat: Why did you join swim?

Stephanie Franks: “I had gotten a concussion in volleyball and I decided to swim because I knew I wouldn’t get hurt and it helped that I had an older brother in swim.”

W: How has your family impacted your swimming experience?

Stephanie: “My family is super involved and supportive, and I have been on the swim team with both of my brothers, who helped me with a lot of the skills.”

W: How long have you been swimming?

Stephanie: “I have been swimming my whole life, when I was six months old my parents put me in swim lessons.”

W: How have you improved over the years?

Stephanie: “Back then, I wasn’t able to do a flip turn. I didn’t know what a 100 was. I didn’t know how to dive going into my sophomore year. So I definitely think going from that to a 1:03 on my 100 [meter] freestyle is pretty insane.”

W: What was your most embarrassing moment in swim?

Stephanie: “The most embarrassing thing was when I didn’t know how to dive and I was just belly flopping, but I think that embarrassment made me want to learn how to dive even more.”

W: What are your biggest strengths as an athlete?

Stephanie: “One of my strengths is that I don’t give up and I persevere even when things get tough.”

W: What’s the most challenging part of swim?

Stephanie: “The mentality is the hardest part because you have to find a balance between not being nervous and caring.”

W: How has swim impacted your life?

Stephanie: “Swim has brought me my closest friends, and I don’t think I would have the friendships that I have now without swim.”

W: What are your hobbies outside of swim?

Stephanie: “When I am not swimming I love to bake and I recently got back into reading.”

W: In what way do you want people to remember your career in the pool?

Stephanie: “I want people to remember me as a mentor and as someone who would talk to all the girls to make sure they felt included.”

Kyle Franks

The Wildcat: What is the best part of swim?

Kyle Franks: “I like how I can eat whatever I want and I don’t have to worry about gaining weight.”

W: Who is your biggest inspiration?

Kyle: “My brother because he works really hard for the things he wants and he never gives up on what he wants.”

W: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Kyle: “I play games and focus on staying in a good mood because you do much better in a race when you’re not nervous.”

W: What advice would you give to others interested in swim?

Kyle: “Find a way to have fun with it because swim is a mental challenge and at times it will be hard but you always have to try your hardest.”

W: What’s your goal for the season?

Kyle: “My goal is to break the school record for the 50 [meter] backstroke. Right now the record is 52.38 seconds and my time is 55.8 seconds.”

W: What’s your biggest highlight of your high school swim so far?

Kyle: “During a meet we played the game spikeball and it was so fun and it’s something I will always remember.”

W: What sets you apart from other swimmers?

Kyle: “I like a good challenge and I compete against the other swimmers even during practices.”

W: What’s your biggest achievement so far?

Kyle: “Hitting 55 seconds in backstroke, because that gave me the confidence to go for the school record.”

W: What is your favorite thing to do after a meet?

Kyle: “I like going out with my friends or family to eat or just going straight home and taking a long nap after a hard meet.”

W: What’s your favorite event?

Kyle: “I like doing the relays because you work more as a team which I really enjoy.”


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Audrey Im, freshman, is a member of Dance Production, the social media manager for the club Dream Catchers, and a staff writer for the Wildcat. In her free time, Audrey loves to shop, hang out with friends, and catch up on the newest episode of The Summer I Turned Pretty. She aspires to be a neurologist.
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  • Jerry CodekasMar 14, 2024 at 6:53 pm

    Article well done, nice to see some depth on personalites,

  • Karen CodekasMar 14, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    These are both thoughtful and interesting articles that pull you in and make you feel like you know the swimmers. As a reader I can’t wait to see if they reach their goals. I’m sure they will. Great questions Siena and thank you for helping me understand, a little, some of the challenges all swimmers face.

  • Mallory SpeakmanFeb 29, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    This was such a fun way to highlight a family that has had a major impact on BOHS swim. Very well written article and creative questions to get to know the athletes being spotlighted. Great work!

  • BrittanyFeb 27, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this article and learning how talented all 3 of the Franks siblings are. Stephanie is a beautiful and kind mentor, and Kyle is focused, determined, and funny. Siena, thank you for another interesting read! Well done.

  • Leslie SpeakmanFeb 27, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    What a great article! It is so good to get to know some of BOHS swimmers! They are inspiring. I love that Stephanie said she talks to all the girls, to have total inclusion. I am excited for Kyle to break the school record. Siena, very good job!