Young loves pushing himself in the pool

Logan Young is a 14-year-old swimmer for the Grand Junction Dolphins.

Logan Young had tried other sports but found himself bored with too much idle time standing around at practice.

“None of them really caught my attention,” Young said. “I like to work hard.”

He found a program four years ago that pushes him as much as he wants to challenge himself.

The Grand Junction Dolphins swim team has been a perfect fit for Young.

“With swimming, you go all-out,” the 14-year-old Young said.

Swimming is a daylong activity for Young. He attends practice three or four days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. There’s afternoon practice three days a week.

When he’s not at practice, his summer job entails teaching swimming lessons, which means he’s often at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool from sunup until sundown.

Being in the water so frequently has given him an opportunity to improve the weak areas in his repertoire.

“I’ve really improved with my breaststroke,” he said.

Although he doesn’t like the breaststroke, he does like to swim individual medleys. Therefore, Young has been working hard on that stroke so he doesn’t lose ground during that portion of the race.

When he began swimming for the Dolphins, he had the hip motion inherent in good butterfly swimmers.

“It just came naturally to me,” he said.

It’s become his favorite stroke, although he also excels in the freestyle distance races.

Young has already qualified for the state summer club championships in the 200-yard butterfly.

He’s close to posting state-qualifying times in the mile, the 500- and the 800-yard freestyles and in the 400 individual medley.

This weekend would be a perfect time for him to post some or all of those qualifying times. The annual Grand Junction Dolphins Invitational meet is today through Sunday at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool. The pool will be closed to the public starting at 5 this evening until the end of the meet Sunday, but spectators are welcome to watch the competition.

The economy has factored into a decline in this year’s entries. Long a favorite meet of Front Range teams, some are declining the invitation this year because of budget constraints, including perennial power Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming.

One highlight will be the appearance this weekend of eight members from the University of Utah varsity swim team.

Tonight’s schedule consists of only one race, the 800-yard open freestyle at 6 p.m.

Preliminary races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday begin at 8:30 a.m., with finals set for 5 p.m. each afternoon.


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