Athlete of Week: Zevgolis makes great strides at CF

cfswim-boysCarolina Forest senior swimmer Liam Zevgolis isn’t so much a late bloomer as he is new to the pool. Despite not participating in the sport until his freshman year, Zevgolis has made amazing strides in his high school career, which will end at the Oct. 17 SC State Swimming Championships in Columbia.

“I didn’t start swimming until my freshman year, but I’ve always loved the water,” said Zevgolis, who was named the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for his outstanding senior season. “I grew up surfing and fishing and boating, but not (competitive) swimming. I played soccer and ran track, but I didn’t like it the way I did swimming.”

One season in the pool and Zevgolis was hooked. He joined Coastal Aquatic Club and began training year-round, a schedule that now includes 2 to 3 hour sessions in the pool both morning and night and some additional time in the weight room. He credits all the hard work for helping him close the gap – and in many cases, pass – the competition.

“Over the course of four years I’ve probably dropped 20 seconds off my time in the 100 freestyle and about 8 seconds in the 50 freestyle,” said Zevgolis, who will compete in those events at the state meet next Saturday. “When you start training and lifting weights and watching your diet, you can really see some improvement in your times.”

That’s an understatement for Zevgolis, who has qualified for five state events and set four school records in his senior year. He’s also contributed to the Panthers’ relay teams and will compete in one team event at states. Then he will turn his full attention to landing a college scholarship that will allow him to continue to improve and compete.

“My ultimate goal, of course, would be to win a state championship, but that probably won’t happen unless I get really lucky,” he said. “But a realtic goal would be to finish in the top 10, like seventh or eighth, that would be awesome. I just want a chance to swim at the next level and see how far I can go.”

If Zevgolis continues his rapid rate of improvement, he may be making some even happier memories in the water in the future.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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