Aug 12, 2019
PARIS, Tennessee - Incoming Bass Fishing Freshman Daelyn Whaley wrapped up her high school career with her 5th National Championship appearance this past weekend - this time at the 2019 Bassmaster High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake.
Whaley and her partner Lilly Smith represented Abbeville High School (S.C.) as a powerful female duo in the Academy Sports + Outdoors presented competition consisting of 300 boats.
Despite a slow morning on days one and two, the team finally began to catch keepers around noon. Whaley and Smith caught 17-15 on the first day and 14-9 on the second day to earn third place on the leaderboard.
On the third and final day of the tournament, the competition was cut down to the top 12 teams. The duo struggled to catch anything on the last day after running out of fish, but finished 5th overall among the best high school teams in the nation.
With this performance Whaley adds her fifth National Championship appearance to her resume and her highest finish. She previously had two 10th place finishes. She has also won 2 South Carolina State Championships and is a 3 time Points Championship in her high school team.
"I am so happy to be coming to Emmanuel." Whaley said. "One of the reasons why I decided to come to Emmanuel is because of Coach Pam. She Inspires me to become a better fisherman… She is really serious about everything being a team effort and I completely support that. No one can do anything alone and everyone always has a support team in one way or another."
Whaley begins her college career this Fall and is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Occupational Therapy.
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