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Xavier's Rory Bostwick has big goals for final swimming season

HS journalism: Senior wants to help Washington win district, compete at state

Members of the Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Fort Dodge 400-Yard Freestyle Relay teams prepare for their heat, Saturday February 12, 2011 during the 2011 IHSAA State Swim Meet in Marshalltown. (Becky Malewitz/SourceMedia Group News).
Members of the Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Fort Dodge 400-Yard Freestyle Relay teams prepare for their heat, Saturday February 12, 2011 during the 2011 IHSAA State Swim Meet in Marshalltown. (Becky Malewitz/SourceMedia Group News).

CEDAR RAPIDS — Although Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Rory Bostwick in his final year, he has not lost any of the energy or vigor for boys’ swimming.

“There will not be any days off this year, especially if I want to qualify for districts and state,” said Bostwick, who swims for the Washington team.

Warrior swimmers have an exhausting schedule.

“We practice six days a week. Twice on Tuesday and Thursday in the morning at 5:30 to 7 a.m., and from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.,” Bostwick said. “Our team gets along really well which helps us stay focused on swimming.”

The Warriors won a district title last year, and it is a cumulative goal for the team to do it again next month. Bostwick was out for a few months with a broken toe last season, but still managed to swim in several events at districts and help the team win the meet.

With help of coaches Chris Cruise and Matt Sinnott, Bostwick is expecting to do better this year.

“Our coaches are great and they help me all the time in practice and at meets to improve my stroke and get faster,” Bostwick said.

The coaches efforts to better their swimmers make the season more enjoyable for everyone involved.

“Each of them do a great job customizing our sets every day to improve each person’s specific event,” Xavier junior Mitchell Talyat said.

The Warriors’ host their own invitational on Saturday, starting at 12:30 p.m. Districts are Feb. 2 at Linn-Mar.

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