Extra effort helps Logan Young earn spot in national event

Logan Young, 17, of Grand Junction competes in the fifth heat of the boys 50-yard freestyle event Sunday during the the Maverick Aquatics 2012 Western Slope Winter League Championships at El Pomar Natatorium. Logan finished with a time of 25:43.

The USA Junior Swimming Western Zone Championships are an all-star event of swimmers west of the Continental Divide.

The event, Aug. 7-11, is in Grand Junction, and three local swimmers have achieved qualifying times in the required three events to compete, Logan Young, Carlos Matthews and Taylor Kidd.

Young, 17, has qualified in the 1,600 freestyle, the 500 free and the 200 free, Maverick Aquatics coach Jacob Swinn said.

Swinn, who has been coaching the Fruita Monument student since June, said Young’s willingness to work is key to his success at a national level.

“He’s there every single day for morning practices at 5:15,” Swinn said during the Western Slope Swim Championships last weekend at El Pomar Natatorium. “A lot of the kids are kind of on and off with those, and he works his butt off every single day. That’s why he keeps getting better.”

A trip to the University of Texas also had a positive impact on Young, who notched all his qualifying times while there. The three-day evert was six mini-meets, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, where swimmers could participate in up to seven events.

“The Texas meet was great because I could just swim,” Young said. “I just swam everything.”

Young has been swimming competitively since he was 6 years old. Young started swimming at such a young age for the challenge.

“I like how not everyone can (swim),” Young said. “I like how it’s not a sport where you can come in and be good at it right away. You really have to want it and work at it to do well.”

Young has always excelled in distance swimming. Swinn said he has worked with Young on his sprinting, but only to make him a stronger distance swimmer.

“I like the mile because I’m not a sprinter at all,” Young said. “I can’t come out and go quickly, but I can maintain a moderate pace really well.”

Ultimately, Young credits his swimming group for qualifying for the Western Zone meet. Young regularly trains with Matthews and Kidd during club season and outside of the season to strengthen and push one another.

“We’re about the same speed and we like to push each other,” Young said. “It works really well.”

Young is also gearing up for the District 51 boys season, which combines athletes from all four schools in the Grand Valley.

“I like (the District 51 season) because it is more competitive than club and just an entirely different atmosphere and feel,” Young said.


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