Four area swimmers making waves on the national swimming stage
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are some good things happening at the UNCW Natatorium.
The Wilmington Waves produce many great swimmers, especially Finn Howard, Trey Adkins, Garrett Butner and Jeffrey Settlemyer who have earned their way to the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior National Championships.
“Pretty excited to go to this meet,” Butner said. “It’s not everyday that you get to go to this meet. I consider myself pretty lucky to go because you don’t get an opportunity like this a lot. These aren’t easy cuts and to get them is an extreme honor. It’s what you work up to.”
The work of a swimmer is done right in the pool. The four swimmers are now preparing for a meet many work for years to get to. Not only will they be going as a group, they’ll be competing as a group.
“I think it’s good that we have each other to push ourselves and help us get faster,” Adkins said. “I feel like if we didn’t have that we would have much slower times. When he have each other to we push each other it really helps us out and motivates us.”
They will be competing in the 200 and 400 yard medley relays at the meet, but Howard will also compete in the 100 yard backstroke event with a qualifying time of 50.08 seconds. A very impressive accomplishment and one he does not take for granted.
“We worked really hard to get to this point in our swimming career,” Howard said. “There’s a lot of older kids that still can’t go as fast as me and that’s pretty cool.”
Swimming isn’t one of those sports that garners the national spotlight. You compete to take fractions of a second off of your overall time, something people don’t always realize as a major accomplishment.
While there’s no denying the great opportunity the swimmers have, they still say they compete with an internal motivation.
“When you succeed in another sport you’re nationally recognized, but when you succeed in swimming you’re not,” Settlemyre said. “It’s more of a personal thing. Instead of wanting to be recognized by other people you try to be recognized by yourself. So you work yourself harder instead of working for other people.”
The meet begins tomorrow and runs until December 9 in Knoxville, TN. Best of luck boys!
You can follow along with their progress by visiting the meet website here.