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Matt Stuhr honored as Press Democrat Athlete of the Week


 Check out the list of best swim times among high school competitors, and Maria Carrillo senior Matt Stuhr dominates.

Last week Stuhr, who also competes for Neptune Swimming, won two individual events and swam on two winning relay teams as the Maria Carrillo boys defeated Ukiah and improved to 3-0 in the NBL.

Stuhr bettered his season best time in the 500 free, swimming an NCS qualifying 4:50.94, and he owns Empire season bests in the 100 free, 200 free and 500 free.

“He’s really good with the other swimmers when we break into small groups,ý Carrillo coach Kara Myers said of Stuhr’s coaching ability. “He’s tall (6-foot-1) and all muscle.ý

“He’s put in some hard work and it’s paying off,ý said Dan Greaves, Stuhr’s Neptunes coach “He’s always had a lot of natural talent.ý

Greaves sees Stuhr as ready to break out for personal bests in the free events.

Stuhr said he hardly remembers not swimming. He’s 18 and said he’s been swimming competitively since age 5. His sister Allison has broken records this year at Santa Rosa JC and plans to swim at San Diego State next year.

When Matt trains with the Neptunes he’s often alongside nephew Ray Monks, age nine, and niece Megan Monks, age seven.

Stuhr was ill but still swam in sectionals a few weeks ago in Las Vegas.

He said he’s hoping to do well at the NCS finals and the Santa Clara International Meet in June.

“A lot of my friends swim competitively and we have fun,ý he said. Stuhr counts Neptune teammates Tyler Main and Maya DiRado as good friends.

Stuhr plans on attending Principia, a small private college in Illinois, next year and continue to swim.

— Rich Rupprecht