The Whittaker Triplets: Triple Threat on Land, in the Water, and in the Air

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Triplets Hunter, Rylie, and Hailey Whittaker are graduating from Bernardo Yorba Middle School this June. All three of them specialize in their own sports. 

 

Hunter is a black belt in Taekwondo and has recently won second place in a Jiu Jitsu Tournament. Additionally, Hunter also plays baseball. In an interview with the Matador Messenger, he stated that he has won many baseball tournaments. Just recently, Hunter placed first for Shot Put at the Reach Foundation Track Meet. Other than sports, Hunter does art during his free time. However, it is often difficult for him to balance his athletic activities along with his academic work. “I try to get my school done first then sports, but sometimes it doesn’t work,” Hunter explained.

 

Rylie plays soccer on a club and academy team, with her soccer team ranking #1 in California. She placed first in the 100 meter dash as well as the 200 meter relay race at the track meet. Regarding how she balances her academics alongside athletics, Rylie commented, “It’s not that bad because I do half homeschooling so I can focus on school on my own time.”

      

Hailey is on a competitive swim team, water polo team, and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the recent track meet, she placed first in shot put and the 4 X 2 relay as well as fifth in the long jump. Some of Hailey’s athletic accomplishments include swimming for the Junior Olympics and getting invited to invite-only swim meets. When questioned about how she balances her academics along with her athletics, Hailey expressed, “I try to get all of my school work done during the day, that way I can attend all of my practices during the evening. I take honor classes and will continue in honor and AP classes during high school, so I intend on getting in a ty then and pattern for my work to make it easier for me. I also will be doing that for my summer classes.”

 

After they graduate from BYMS this June, Hunter, Rylie, and Hailey each have different plans regarding their athletic paths. In an interview with the Matador Messenger, Hailey stated, “I plan to play water polo and swim for Esperanza and I intend on continuing Jiu Jitsu as well but not through Esperanza.” Hunter plans to do shot put and maybe baseball in high school, while Rylie decided to continue soccer throughout high school and probably track.