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Xavier swimmers take the plunge at Washington, Kennedy

HS journalism: Co-op programs give Saints a team

Swimmers leave the starting blocks at the 2018 boys’ state championships in Iowa City. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Swimmers leave the starting blocks at the 2018 boys’ state championships in Iowa City. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Being a swimmer means countless hours in the pool and hard-core workouts.

Four Xavier High School students have taken that challenge.

Senior Rory Bostwick, junior Mitchell Talyat, sophomore Ethan Williams and freshman Spencer Kramer are the only boy swimmers representing Xavier.

Bostwick, Talyat and Williams are part of the Washington boys’ co-op.

“It is never work because I enjoy it,” Williams said. “Swimming is always fun for me.”

Many swimmers’ main focus is to have the fastest times, but Williams has additional goals in mind.

“I want to drop time, be the fastest 500 free teammate and have the best blonde hair,” he said.

A tradition for most swimmers is dying their hair blonde, then shaving it, as a team.

“We do this in order to stand out and be united as a team,” Williams said.

The swimmers have high hopes and big goals for the season. Talyat has one word to describe what he is looking forward to — “winning.”

Kramer is just beginning his swimming career for the Kennedy boys’ co-op.

“I am looking forward to getting to know my teammates and doing well at meets,” Kramer said. “It is fun to be with the upperclassmen.”

Kramer swam for a club team to help prepare for his high school debut.

“Club helped me stay in shape and work on my form,” Kramer said.

Washington swims on Tuesday at Jefferson and Kennedy hosts Dubuque Hempstead. Both duals start at 6 p.m.

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