May 8, 2008
Montgomery senior Reid Hartz likes to swim and likes to compete. That adds up to one of the top swimmers in the North Bay League this season. What amazes me is he keeps going and going," said Montgomery coach Mark Stanley. "It's not easy to race, pace and repeat sprints in workouts, and Reid is extraordinary at it."
Hartz won the 50 and 500 freestyles last week as Montgomery edged Maria Carrillo for the first time since Hartz has been on the team. Two weeks ago, Hartz set a personal best of 4:44 in the 500 free at Willits.
"The more you swim, the better you are," said Hartz, who loves his daily workouts. Hartz has swam since he was 7 and competes on the Santa Rosa Neptunes Swim Club.
He has a North Coast Section qualifying time in the 500 free and should get one in the 200 individual medley. Last year he swam in both of those events at NCS.
His best events for the Neptunes are the 200 backstroke and 400 IM, events not swam in high school.
Hartz said he takes swimming seriously, but also looks at the sport realistically, especially with hard training.
"I can eat as much as I want," he said.
Hartz will attend UC Davis next fall and swim for the Aggies. His older brother, Scott, also swam at Montgomery.
Hartz plays drums in a rock band and has been a percussionist in the Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra.
-- Rich Rupprecht