Swimming is a refuge for Fisher brothers
Fortunately for Cody and Taylor Fisher, they have swimming to clear their heads.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the District 51 Griffins swimmers.
Three weeks ago, their father was admitted to a hospital in Denver for a kidney transplant.
Their father was lucky in that he found a near-perfect match and a willing donor in his brother.
“We’ve all been worried about him,” Cody said. “I definitely think about him a lot.”
Recovery has gone well and their father is expected home this weekend for his first trip back since the surgery, although he’ll have to return to Denver for more treatment.
“We’re just glad after surgery everything’s fine,” Cody said.
The pool has been Cody’s haven rather than a distraction.
“Swimming helps focus on everything,” he said.
Cody won the 200-yard freestyle in Thursday’s dual meet with Delta, despite having a Michael Phelps moment.
As he dove into the water for the start of the race, “My right (goggle) came off,” he said.
It began filling with water and by the first turn, he lost his goggles completely.
“I thought, ‘oh no,’ ” he said. “I got out and my eyes were burning.”
Winning the race by more than 21 seconds over teammate Nate Sellers took some of the sting out of his eyes.
Cody likes the longer races. He also swims the 500 freestyle, and Thursday finished second to teammate Brett Scott.
“My body’s not really built for the short course,” he said. “I like (distances) because not a lot of people do them. I can improve my times faster. It’s a lot more fun for me.”
The Griffins easily defeated the Panthers 596-271.
Ty Walton won two races for the Griffins, swimming a state-qualifying time in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.
Walton has swum a state-qualifying time in six events so far this season.
“Every race I’m trying to improve, see where I rank at state,” he said.
He’ll decide what events he’ll swim at state based upon where he thinks he’ll have the best chance to place high.
Sam Leonhart also won two events Thursday, establishing a state-qualifying time in the 100 backstroke in the process.