The majority of high school athletes never win a state title. Many never even make it to the tournament. Only the best go on to compete at a national level or a major college. And the Olympics? A child’s fantasy for most.
The Sentinel’s 2015 all-area swimmers of the year are exceptions, flirting with the highest level of competition. Montverde Academy’s Katie Schorr and Viktor Toth of Daytona Beach Seabreeze have achieved all but one goal listed above, and now have their eyes set on the Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Swimming wasn’t a competitive thing for Schorr when she began at 7 years old. By 12, something had changed.
“I really didn’t like losing,” said Schorr, now 16 and a sophomore at Montverde.
To fix that, she focused more at practices six days a week with Winter Garden club team SouthWest STARS. Now, she’s one of the area’s most decorated swimmers, among the fastest freestylers in the nation and striving to make the Olympic trials cut before June.