Diving Into Boys Swim
Story by Talon Cleveland – Staff Reporter
Lee’s Summit North boys swim has had a great season so far.
“The season is going pretty good and I am very happy with my team and my teammates and everything we’ve accomplished,” Xavier Hasty, senior, said.
The LSN boys swim team attended the COMO Invitational, a meet against 40 schools. “Blake Carter made finals and we did pretty good in the medley. But we ended up getting dequeued, I think our medley relay can probably make finals at state, the A Finals which gives us a medal,” Graham Adkins, senior, said.
The A Finals are a secondary meet only for the winner of the meet prior. Each team can enter up to four swimmers. Xavier Hasty has been on boys swim swim since he was a freshman. For the last four years, he has worked to improve his technique and form, favoriting the freestyle and backstroke.
“My goal by the end of the season is to get a 21-second 50 freestyle and a minute five on my backstroke,” Hasty said.
Last year boys swim placed in the top 8 at state. This year, as always, the boys are pushing themselves to get first. The seniors are especially ready to win as a sendoff out of high school.
“I want to break the state record,” Adkins said.
Adkins has been on boys swim all four years of high school. He is persistent in breaking a swim record before his time is up. Dropping a second off of his 50 freestyle and a couple of seconds off his 100 backstroke.
“I do the 50 free and the 100 backstroke. I’m pretty close to the 50 freestyle record right now, I’m like .04 seconds off the school record so hopefully I can break that this year, and maybe a state record if I get lucky,” Adkins said.
Adkins sure did lucky, he has tied the school record to the second.
Last friday North competed against LSHS and LSW in the LSR7 Tri, North won. All LSN relays placed first and all the other events placed higher than eighth. North is having a great swim season and so is Graham Adkins.
He has already reached the school record, now he just has to pass it. Crushing the school record would be the first step to crushing the state record and getting LSN another trophy.