Colin Smith: Star Swimmer

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MATTHEWS, NC – “Colin is an unpredictable kid that will surprise you in many ways. He is smart and hard-working even when goofing around,” said senior Ivan Basora.

One place you will not see Colin’s goofing around is in the pool. Not many people know Colin as a competitive athlete, but his competitors and teammates are aware that he is a force in the swimming pool.

“The thing that impresses me the most about Colin is his drive to get better. He is always willing to listen to instructions and find ways to improve,” said Ms. Carpenter (math, varsity swim head coach).

Colin swims every stroke: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke, but the backstroke is his favorite.  A fierce competitor in all his races, Colin achieves this level by working hard both in and out of the pool.

“I practice from 6 to 7 in the morning with [CCS], and I practice other places, too, at night. I also work out outside of swimming,” said Colin.

Colin, along with senior Grace Swanson, serves as captain of the swim team. They have both been members of the team since freshman year.

“Colin is really good at bringing the team together and talking to the new guys and including them in the team. He is adamant about cheering on the team during the races,” said Grace.

“I am always trying to win, but I know the competition is tough and I have to work hard,” said Colin.

Colin has set himself apart to start the year winning several individual races in various strokes. He says his dives and underwater time improvements have helped contribute to this success.

Colin ended up setting personal best times in the backstroke and butterfly in the state tournament, ending his Carmel Christian swim career.

“It felt good getting personal bests at States because they were my last races on the Carmel team. It is a bitter-sweet moment to have to move on, but I am excited for what the future holds for this team,” said Colin.

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