Ezra and Zachary with saws
Who would believe that we have varsity swim team and varsity dive team captains living together under our roof? Like yin and yang in many ways, Zachary and Ezra each have the honor of the title of team captain this season on the defending AA Washington State championship team (swimming).
Zachary's work ethic, determination to improve, and leadership skills will serve his swim team well this season, as they attempt to earn a fourth straight state AA championship title. After graduating phenomenal swimmers in the past two years, this year's team will need to train hard and pull together for victory. Zachary's personal goal is to compete at the state meet, where he has served as an alternate for the past two seasons. He re-joined the local club swim team last spring, trained through the summer and fall in preparation for his senior varsity swim season, earning swimmer of the month in the process.
Coach Helling, coaching Sehome High School swimming for the 26th year, complimented Zac in a recent team round-up published in our local Bellingham Herald: ...(he) should provide some much needed leadership for the team as well as help Sehome's strength in the freestlye sprints. Zachary was selected as the stand-out among five returning seniors to become the team captain, and we are proud of his accomplishment, but more so of the fine young man he has become.
"(Ezra)... should be a threat to go to state in diving," said Coach Helling in his season-opening interview with the Bellingham Herald. Ezra began diving as a freshman three years ago, as we 'forced' him to participate in high school athletics (or get a job). This season his courage and technique have both improved, and he's already attempting much more difficult dives in his early season training. As the sole diver on this year's team, he won't necessarily be providing leadership, but the role of team captain will benefit Ezra in many ways. Nearly earning a spot at the state meet last year, Ezra's reaching for a spot on the state diving board next February. Time will tell...