No longer afraid

Over his fear of water, Curry helps Maverick Aquatics to close win in 400 medley relay

Maverick Aquatics’ Avery Pope swims a heat during the 100 meter freestyle Saturday at El Pomar Natatorium. Pope was a member of the girls 12-and-under 200 medley relay team that won a close race.

Brock Curry does not remember how he learned to swim. He only knows he used to be scared of the water. And the dark. Typical childhood fears.

But his dad, also named Brock, told his son he would get in the water and tell his son to stand on the side of the pool and jump into his arms.

And then dad would slowly slide young Brock into the water.

Soon, the fear dissipated.

On Friday at the Grand Junction Invitational, Curry was swimming the freestyle leg of the boys 13 and over 400-meter medley relay, catching Evergreen in the final meters as Maverick Aquatics won the event by less than one-tenth of a second.

Curry also took third in the 100 freestyle and second in the 400 freestyle.

“I was little scaredy kid,” Curry said. “I was scared of everything. I guess I’ve progressed a little bit.”

And he’s humble.

Last August, Curry and his family moved from the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pa., to Fruita, where Curry, 14, attends Fruita Monument High School, having moved up a grade to be with friends.

And he has helped Maverick Aquatics take a solid lead in the boys division of the 20-team invitational with 740 points. Aspen Swim Club is second with 623 and the Gillette (Wyo.) Gators are third with 453.

The meet concludes today. Preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. with finals at 4 p.m.

If Maverick Aquatics swimmers have it their way, there will be more of the exciting, finger-length victories.

That’s because the boys 400 medley relay that also included Shane Haberkorn, Levi Rajnowski and Logan Young was followed by the girls 12-and-under 200 medley relay that did the same thing: come back in the anchor leg to win a relay by less than one-tenth of a second over Evergreen.

The Mavericks members were Kianna Colaizzi, Avery Pope, Clarissa Berry and Natalie McConnell, who swam the freestyle leg to eke out the win.

“It was like 2008 in Beijing when Michael Phelps and those guys beat France,” Maverick Aquatics coach Jacob Swinn said. “Our kids were freaking out over it.”

But it’s Evergreen that leads the girls division with 1,508 points. Maverick Aquatics is second with 877, and Aspen Swim Club is third with 740. The Delta Barracudas are 10th with 240.

Also for Maverick Aquatics, Colaizzi won the 50 backstroke in a time of 37.35.

“We know our (girls) might not end up beating (Evergreen),” Swinn said, “but our kids got up to race — it was awesome. They were excited to swim against people who were beating us.”


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