September 28, 2012
Fri. September 28, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | By Larry Savage
(Photo by Matt Stamey/ Staff photographer)
FAVORITE SWIM EVENT: 100 backstroke
WEIGHT: 150 pounds
A rea swimmer who you would pay to watch swim: Wesley Olmsted (Eastside). I train with Wesley and he can do some pretty incredible things. He is very naturally talented. He has a lot of potential. We race the 100 backstroke occasionally. We raced at the Bolles meet a couple of weeks ago. We get to race in practice too. It’s a lot of fun.
B est movie I’ve ever seen? “Forrest Gump.” There is something about it. I like it a lot.
C oach Rob Ramirez’s best words of advice for me? Attack my turns. That is something we have been working on this season, getting into the wall faster.
D efeating what team would make me the happiest? The team that gets second at state behind us.
Note: GHS won the boys state title for the first time in 2011.
E SPN’s best program? “College GameDay”
F avorite sport besides swimming: I do Parkour, which is like free running. It is a different type of sport. Sort of like urban gymnastics is the easiest way I can describe it. It originated in France. It’s fun. A couple of the guys on our team do it at a gym called Darkside (F2 Arena and Darkside Athletics).
G oals for the season? First of all, it has be the team winning state again. Individually, I would love to win the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM (individual medley), but the main goal is to win state as a team.
H appiest day of my life was when … We won state in 2011 was probably the most significant thing that has happened to me. Swimming means the world to me.
I nteresting thing about me away from swimming: I’m really into cooking. I make a lot of the meals at home. If being a chef was a more viable career, I might pursue that at some point.
J oker on the team: It has to be Max Bungert. He’s funny and he keeps people laughing.
K ey to becoming a good swimmer is: Dedication. Swimming requires a lot of dedication. There are nine practices a week, and if you are not at every single one of them giving everything you got and are not motivated, you are not going to go anywhere.
L east favorite swimming moment? This season (club swimming with High Tide) I had some high goals to be top eight at Junior Nationals in the 200 backstroke and I had a really, really bad swim in the morning. It was really depressing to see a whole summer’s work go down the drain when I had this excellent opportunity.
M usic I enjoy listening to: I’m into a lot of different stuff. I pretty much listen to anything with a guitar — country music and I like some alternative rock.
N ickname? Coach Rob calls me “Big Ben,” but I think he is the only one that does.
O ne person who inspires me the most: In swimming it is my little brother, Seth (freshman on team). He has no fear in races, he goes all out fast. He has no race strategy at all, he just goes all out, no fear. He usually swims long-distance races.
P re-race ritual: I do a lot of stretching behind the blocks. I’m always messing with my goggles. I’m always afraid my goggles are going to fall off.
Q uiet time activity: I watch a lot of YouTube videos.
R eading newpapers or browsing the Internet to get my high school sports information? Most of the high school stuff is from reading in newspapers because I get told about it.
S troke that is most difficult: Butterfly. I’m not very good at it at all. Coach Steven (Bostick, High Tide head coach) is working hard with me, and I think we have improved some on it. But it is not my natural stroke.
T oughest part about being a swimmer is… Mornings. We do a lot of mornings. We practice at 5:30, so you get up at 5.
U niversities or colleges I am considering: Just took a trip to Alabama this past weekend. I’m going to FSU and Virginia Tech on official visits, and I am also considering Georgia.
V acation spot I love? We have a house in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and that is really amazing when we can get up there.
W hy I became a swimmer? Ever since I can remember I have done it. My dad swam and my uncle swam. I think I just got put in swim lessons when I was like 4 or 5. I won the little local swim meets, and I just kept on swimming I guess.
X box, PlayStation or Wii? I don’t really play video games, but we have a PS3.
Y ear I was born: 1995.
Z oo animal I like most: Dolphins. It is interesting to watch the way they move through the water.