by Jake Pincus
From the gun to the whistle the varsity swim team goes hard in the water, while being coached by Robert Perkins.
Perkins has been coaching the Eagles for three years. Being a teacher at Seven Lakes High School, he has a tough balance between work and coaching.
The most rewarding part of the job for Perkins is “working with the character and caliber of people on the team.”
Perkins’ most memorable swimming moment is when he broke 1:00 in the 100 meter backstroke as a junior in high school.
“I went on to swim much faster, but that minute milestone was memorable,” Perkins said.
Perkins has some vivid coaching memories as well.
“Winning the state championship with Duchesne Academy in the 2009 season [was memorable]”, Perkins said. “It was exciting to see the girls react to the unexpected announcement that they won.”
Junior Payson Williams is a veteran swimmer who has competed in numerous South Regional events, such as a finalist, 8th place in the 200 meter freestyle, and11th place in 100 meter freestyle.
Williams’ most memorable moment of swimming was last Friday when he broke his 100 meter freestyle time by one and a half seconds.
Williams favorite swimmer is Mark Spitz because he was the first to receive seven gold medals in the Olympics. He likes swimming because it keeps him in shape and it is fun.
Some other strong members of the swim team are seniors Andrew Gallant and Sky Newberry.
Gallant and Newberry have placed several times in state wide competitions. Gallant was a finalist seventhplace in the 100 meter breast stroke.
Newberry was a finalist eighth place in the 100 meter freestyle.
The Eagles will compete in the Richmond Private Invitational on October 29.