Ari Schermer, pole vaulter

(Olivia Loomis) Ari Schermer, junior, showcases his gymnastic skills on a table in the SHS library.  Prior to joining the high school pole vaulting team, he did gymnastics for four years.
(Olivia Loomis) Ari Schermer, junior, showcases his gymnastic skills on a table in the SHS library. Prior to joining the high school pole vaulting team, he did gymnastics for four years.

Ari Schermer, junior and seasoned pole vaulter, was featured by 88.9 Radio Milwaukee on January 19 in an interview on his experience with the sport.

The two minute interview centered on the gym Schermer attends, Get Vertical, located in Cedarburg. Interviewer Dori Zori talked of the year-long training facility and its impact on the athletes.

The club is open year round, even during track season, and it has around 25 members. The goal is to train students for the spring sports season and prepare them for future competitions.

“The pole vault clinic in Cedarburg … is a club that holds practices every other week or every week,” Schermer said. “Reporters were just there one day and asked to interview us. It was cool.”

The story also brought attention to Get Vertical and its unique program. It discussed how students train and why and what they do during a run.

Schermer explained the details of a vault.

“You start running towards a pit while you carry a pole, and then you plant the pole in a box,” Schermer said. “Then you jump off the ground and the momentum that you got from the run is transferred into the pole so you are lifted up … Then you kind of maneuver yourself over the bar and attempt to clear it.”

Schermer said he was surprisingly comfortable talking with the 88.9 Radio Milwaukee journalist.

“I was really nervous for the interview at first, but it was just kind of like having a conversation with somebody, … and the reporter was very good at [making me feel] relaxed, “Schermer said.

Schermer, pole vaulter of two years, discussed his enjoyment of the sport and the options it gives him, as well as his reason for partaking in the new field. As a sixth year gymnast, he has developed the perfect strength over time to become a successful pole vaulter, and he began practicing with the high school team.

“Pole vaulting uses similar muscles as gymnastics,” Schemer said, “so I was a perfect fit.”

As his third year of track nears, Schermer is happy with his participation in the sport.

“I really enjoy pole vaulting … I get to really connect to other people through the sport,” Schermer said. “Pole vaulting feels like you’re flying. That’s why I love it so much.”

88.9 Radio Milwaukee’s interview is on their website at radiomilwaukee.org and is available free of charge for the public to hear.

by Elena Cruz

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