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Basil Hicks

 

 2007 Basil V. Hicks III
Basil Hicks began swimming with the summer league swim team at the North Side YMCA in North Little Rock. After a couple of years, a group of parents formed a swim team at the North Little Rock Boys and Girls Club. Two yers later at the age of nine, Basil joined the Dolphins lead by Coach Paul Blair. At 10 years old, Basil achieved his first Top 16 time in the 200 yd. Freestyle. HE achieved several more Top 16 times and Arkansas State LSC records in the 11 and 12 age group. At the age of 14, Basil Hicks achieved his highest top 16 rankings. He was ranked first in the 500 free and second in the 100 and 200 free. That season, Basil qualified for Jr. Nationals in 6 events; 100, 200 and 500 free and the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM. In the same year as a freshman in high school, he helped Little Rock Catholic High win the State High School Championship in 1989 by finishing first in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. He remained undefeated in these two events at the High School Championships for the next three years. As a sophomore, he added the 1650 freestyle and the 200 fly to his list of Jr. National Qualifications. As a junior, Basil qualified for Senior Nationals in the 1650 freestyle. Basil attended Yale University where he swam each of his four years and graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 1996. He was one of three swimmers awarded a letter for all those four years. Basil returned to Arkansas and moved to Fayetteville to take some classes at the University of Arkansas. There he began coaching the Razorback Aquatic Club as an assistant age group coach in 1997. In 2000 he became the Head Age Group Coach for RAC. RAC finished first in the ASI Long Course Championship from 2000 to 2003 with a short course championship in 2002. From 2000 to 2003, Basil also coached the Fayetteville High School Swim team. In 2001 the Fayetteville Men’s team won the State Championship, and in 2002 the Women’s team did the same. In 2003 Basil returned to the Dolphins as the Head Age Group Coach under Coach Blair. The Dolphins finished first at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Short Course ASI Championships and first at the 2004 Long Source Championship. Basil Hicks still holds 8 LSC and 5 State record and his 100,200 and 500 freestyle times as a 14 year old are still in top 100 of all time According to USA Swimming.