Riverview swimmers grind out state titles
SARASOTA, FL—The grind begins and ends in the dark for swimmers from Riverview High, because that is what it takes to get the job done right.
All those state championship trophies don’t just drop out of the sky and into the arms of the grateful Rams.
“It’s a by-product of the hard work,” Riverview swim coach Brent Arckey said. “We just try to be disciplined and work hard and let that other stuff take care of itself.”
The other stuff turned out well again last November, as the Riverview boys broke through and captured the Class 4A state crown for the first time since 1980.
The Riverview girls took third place at the colorfully named Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletic Center in Stuart after winning four consecutive state titles.
It all starts each school day at 5 a.m. at the YMCA’s Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota. Some land exercises are followed by the swimmers’ first dip in the pool before jumping out at 6:30 a.m. and heading off to school.
“It’s a lot of time management,” said senior Drew Clark, a bronze medal winner in last year’s boys state 500 freestyle who is considering scholarship offers from the Florida Gators, LSU, Tennessee and North Carolina State. “You have to figure out what you can do.
A story by Jim Brockman from the Herald-Tribune
Florida Swim Network