High five: Waters sets sights on state swim meet – Washington Daily News

High five: Waters set his sights on state swims

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 11:34 am

Listed at 5’8 and 220 lbs. on the Pam Pack football roster, senior Austin Waters looks more like a defensive lineman than a swimmer. Turns out he’s the best at both. Waters also threw the shot put and discus for the WHS track and field team his first three years.

  1. Most football players wrestle in the winter and few swim. Why choose a pool instead of a mat?

Austin: I’ve been swimming since I was a kid and I’ve always loved it. I wrestled at PS Jones High School until I injured my shoulder and that was the end of the sport for me. I swam year round with the Gators and in the Junior Olympics and it was pretty good. I like to compete with people and have fun going through the 100 free to see who is the fastest.

  1. You compete in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle relays, swim the 200-meter freestyle medley, the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly. What is your favorite event?

Austin: Both relays because it’s a team effort. We have a lot of fun cheering for each other and trying to get back to regionals and nationals. We qualified for state last year and it was a lot of fun in a bigger environment with a lot of people making noise.

  1. What is your swimming highlight?

Austin: Our 200 relay team was ranked 16ththousand last year we were going to regionals and we needed to finish eighth to go to state. We dropped six seconds at regionals and finished eighth.

  1. What is your soccer score?

Austin: There are two. Winning the conference championship in that crazy overtime game against Kinston my sophomore year was amazing. It was my sophomore year and I was on JV, but I got to play the game a little bit. We all went crazy on the sideline and then rushed the field after the win.

The second was our playoff win at Burlington Cummings, which I was a junior at. It’s nice to go in, upset them a bit and get the home crowd quiet.

  1. What are your plans after graduation?

Austin: I’m in the nursing program at Beaufort Community College.

I have enjoyed taking nursing classes here at WHS with Ms. Harrell and have always enjoyed helping people. The field pays well and has good job security.

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