Ladig provides versatility, leadership to Hubbard team

Hubbard swimming has gone through its share of coaching changes as the Eagles have had four coaches in the last four years.

There’s been one constant – Spencer Ladig.

“Swimming is an individual sport. No matter who the coach is, if you keep putting in the work, you’ll stay at a consistent level,” he said.

The Hubbard High School senior has been a versatile swimmer for the Eagles and made Division II districts for the past two seasons.

“It’s a huge thing for me,” Ladig said. “I’ve wanted to go to districts since my freshman year. To make it to that level is a huge thing, especially this part of the state where it’s hard to make it to districts.”

He competed in the 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly this year at Cleveland State University, but didn’t make it to state.

Ladig does a variety of events for Hubbard. Some of his top times are: 500 freestyle (5:19.18). 100 butterfly (58.16), 50 freestyle (24.74), 200 IM (2:21.06), 100 backstroke (1:12.90).

Ladig learned his technique from former Hubbard swimmer and Westminster freshman Joey Spurio, who placed 13th in last year’s Division II state 100 butterfly.

“Our whole team looks up to him as a big figure for us and what we aspire to be like. He was a big part of our success,” Ladig said.

Hubbard first-year coach Kamiren Sieman said Ladig has been the Eagles leader this year.

“He goes in with a positive attitude every time. He’s somebody to really look up to,” Sieman said.

She added that Ladig has the ability to swim at the collegiate level.

“He really would be a gem for any college to steal,” Sieman said.

When Ladig looks back on his time at Hubbard, however, he’ll remember it fondly.

“More than anything that keeps me in the sport is coming back to my team and enjoying my time with them and seeing them grow along with me,” he said.