Whaley finishes 5th in Bassmasters High School National Championship

Incoming bass fishing freshman Daelyn Whaley wrapped up her high school career with a fifth national championship appearance this past weekend – this time at the 2019 Bassmaster High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake.

Daelyn Whaley and partner Lily Smith show off their catch during the Bassmasters High School National Championships.

Whaley and her partner, Lilly Smith, represented Abbeville High School (South Carolina) as a powerful female duo in the competition sponsored by Academy Sports & Outdoors. The event features 300 boats vying for the coveted national championship.

Despite a slow morning on days one and two, the team finally began to catch keepers around noon. Whaley and Smith caught 17 pounds, 15 ounces on the first day and 14-9 on the second day to earn third place on the leaderboard.

Only the top 12 teams were allowed to compete in the third and final day of the tournament. The duo struggled to catch anything on the last day after running out of fish but finished fifth overall among the best high school teams in the nation.

With this performance, Whaley adds a fifth national championship appearance to her resume and the highest finish of her high school career. Her previous finishes incluide two tenth place finishes. She has also won two South Carolina State Championships and is a three time points champion in her high school team.

Whaley said she is happy to be coming to Emmanuel. One of the reasons why she decided to come to Emmanuel is because of Coach Pam. The incoming freshman said the coach inspires her to become a better fisherman.

Whaley begins her college career this fall and will major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Occupational Therapy.

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