SIDNEY, NE— The Sidney Stingrays honored the memory of their past teammate on Saturday.
Brady Sweetser died in a motorcycle accident in July of 2020. He was 23. Sweetser was a member of the swim team throughout his childhood and continued until he aged out of the program at 18.
The swim team held the first Brady Sweetser Memorial Relay where one representative from each age division and an adult of their choosing compete in a free swim across the pool.
Very few rules applied during the relay as it was a moment for teammates and fans to celebrate Brady.
Head Coach Charlotte Dorwart coached Brady for the entirety of his swim career. Dorwart said his spirit was unforgettable.
“Brady was an interesting young man. He was a super swimmer, but he also liked to horse around,” Dorwart said. “You’d come to the meet, and it was all business. But at practice, ‘Do I have to do that?’”
The Stingrays also held a raffle where 50% of the proceeds will go toward a scholarship in Brady’s name. Swimmers who age out of the program will be able to apply.
Brady made a positive impact on the lives around him as a Sidney Stingray, including former teammate Kollyn Weimer who now serves as an assistant coach.
“It was really really sad,” Weimer said. “It broke my heart and it broke a lot of our hearts when we found out that he passed, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s remembered in everybody’s heart. Even the kids who don’t know about swim team or just started this year have asked questions about Brady.”
The Sweetser name still lives on in the swim program today as the third generation of Sweetser swimmers is now competing.
The Sidney community will continue to receive Brady’s positivity for years to come.