June 7, 2018
Salutatorian/ Senior Elite Swimmer Jeff Kue Shares Memories and Advice
Jeff Kue was a Senior from Elkins High School, where he earned the title of “Salutatorian.” Jeff will swim with FCST through the summer before he embarks on his new journey at the University of Texas at Austin. Jeff's achievements are based partly on acting out the FCST values that we teach and instill in our swimmers. Now that he’s graduated and has some extra time in between Senior Elite practices we got to sit down with him to better know the person behind the goggles and books.
- CLICK HERE for a link to Jeff's speech at Graduation
- Firs off congratulations! What was your reaction when you heard the news?
- Thank you! I was pretty excited, I found out through my phone. I wasn't’t planning or expecting that achievement. My dad did not believe me when I told him! It took him seeing the email for him to believe it!
- Where are you going to school? And what do you plan on majoring in?
- I am attending UT! For Biochemistry; my sisters tells me it is a challenging degree, but I am up for the challenge. The long-term plan is to attend a medical school of some sort. Maybe dentistry or family practice? But, I must focus on these 4 years first.
- What are some of your hobbies when you are not swimming?
- Since I am leaving the Houston area soon I am trying my best to visit the parks that I have not visited. At the same time, I love experiencing new cuisines with my friends. The food scene is awesome in this area! But, everyone tells me the food in Austin is awesome!
- Most memorable moment at FCST?
- The 2018 Classic in Florida will be my most memorable event at FCST! We won by one point! Which meant that all of our hard work was worth it! It made me realize that through my dedication and perseverance I was able to contribute to the success of the team!
- What's your earliest memory at FCST?
- I was in Age Group 1 and Coach Marcy would let us play “Sharks and Minnows” at least once a week. It was a great way for me to meet my future long-term teammates and friends. At the same time, through that game we established a competitive spirit
- If you could tell your younger self some advice what would it be?
- Do not be intimidated by obstacles. What matters is taking the challenge one step at a time as Coach Pete tells us all the time. If you focus on the challenge you will not be able to focus on the important steps needed in order to succeed.
- At what moment did your commitment to improving at swimming solidify?
- It was during an Age Group practice with Coach Dana and we were doing a pretty tough kick-set and my effort was not at the level of the group. Coach Dana pulled me to the side and she inspired me to give my best effort. After that I started to see a lot of improvement in my swimming and my overall attitude.
- Any final thoughts?
- I would like to thank all the FCST coaches that have inspired me in improving my swimming technique and my attitude towards the amount of effort I put in. Thank you Coach Pete for your guidance and helping me discover myself through swimming.
Thank you all for the support! GO FCST! #FCSTFamiy #DevelopedHere