“At Boardman, she specializes in all the strokes,” said head coach Terry O’Halloran. “But in recent years she was specializing in the butterfly, breast and freestyle.”
Not only did Aldan’s name appear on the Boardman record board six times for setting the individual school records, but she was part of three relay teams that are in the record books as well. Her abilities in the water are not something that just happened overnight, but can be credited to many years of perfecting technique and skill.
Aldan got her start in the sport at the age of seven when she began swimming at Boardman Tennis and Swim Club’s in the summer swim team. The same year she enrolled in the Penguin Swim Club at Youngstown State University.
By the time she reached BHS, she already had a good work ethic and a lot of knowledge that allowed her to rise to the top. She presently claims the school record in the 100-meter breast stroke; the 100 meter backstroke; 100-meter butterfly; 100-meter freestyle, 50 meter freestyle, and the 200-meter individual medley. On the relay teams, she helped set the records in the 200-meter medley, 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle.
“She is a wonderful swimmer,” O’Halloran said. “Our program in Boardman is 26 years old this year and Aldan is the best we’ve had at Boardman.”
While she is swimming for Edinboro, she will also be pursuing her career goals by studying forensic anthropology and linguistics as majors with a minor in Russian and a goal that will require a lot of effort.
“I am hoping to get into the FBI,” Aldan said. “That’s my plan for now.”
She said she will miss her friends and the swimming program at Boardman, and will miss the ones who helped get her to the top.
“I will really miss the coaches and the team,” she said. “They are honestly the best.”
Ashley Aldan is signing a NCAA National Letter of Intent to continue her swimming career at Edinboro College this fall. Joining her as she signed her letter on April 26 were her parents Rose and Jack Aldan, and standing: Boardman High School Principal Timothy Saxton, head swim coach Terry O’Halloran, assistant swim coach Carlo Cordon, and Boardman Athletic Director Dave Smercansky.