Suttner’s Swimming Career


Photo by Sophie Kahlow Senior David Suttner signs his letter of intent to compete for Gannon University, which is located in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Emma Wagner

Senior David Suttner, who was a state-qualifier in 2019 and 2020, recently competed at state in many events including the 200 Meter Freestyle, 100 Meter Freestyle and 200 Meter Freestyle Relay. Suttner placed sixth and medaled in the 200 Meter Freestyle.

Suttner started swimming at the age of four because his mother was involved in the local aquatics club.

Suttner excelled quickly. “The swim instructor insisted that I would start competing,” Suttner said, “but, again, I was only four.”

In the first grade, Suttner started competing for the local summer swim team through the Chilton Aquatics Club.

“When I was in eighth grade, I was convinced to join club swimming, and I dropped all my other sports — soccer, track and cross country — and focused on swimming year-round.”

One of Suttner’s biggest accomplishments was breaking the 50 Meter Freestyle record at CHS by half a second. The previous record was 27 years old.

He also has some big plans for the future. This month, Suttner will compete at nationals for his club team, Ozaukee Aquatics, for relays.

After high school, Suttner plans to attend Gannon University to study human biology and swim on their team. His long-term goal is to qualify collegially for the NCAA tournament, and his short-term goal is to qualify individually for the 50 Meter Freestyle at nationals.

Suttner said the way he stays motivated is, “through other people cheering me on to always do better. I also stay motivated by looking at the positive. Being positive makes training so much more enjoyable, and (it) almost becomes easy. I also stay motivated by recognition from the community. When my stats are highlighted in the paper, announcements or other forms of media it is self-gratifying and motivates me to do better.”