February 14, 2018 07:52 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Mayo Spartans Boys Swimming & Diving team took their third-consecutive Big 9 Conference title over the weekend—and it was their two most competitive swimmers who propelled the Spartans to the title.
Spartans junior swimmers Tim Hough and Grant Reeves are two of many talented junior swimmers who helped Mayo earn 460.5 points in the Big 9 meet last weekend—and both swimmers are about as competitive as it gets.
“They definitely go above and beyond the expectations,” Spartans head coach Ted Dow said. “They can’t let one get ahead of the other too far. They’re always competing. Whether it be in the meets or in practice, they look side-by-side in separate lanes and they go ‘ok, it’s time to race’.
“We’d still win conference meets without them, but it’d be much more difficult without them.”
“I’m always trying to beat (Reeves) or be faster or flip faster (than him),” Hough said. “Everything I do, I always try to be better than him. We always compete in practice and I feel like that makes us better in meets as well.”
The friendly competition between Reeves and Hough paid off at the Big 9 Conference meet over the weekend—both swimmers are part of the 400 Yard Freestyle and 200 Medley Relay teams. Both relay teams earned conference titles, as the Spartans finished with a time of 3:14.14 in the 400, and a Big 9 record time of 1:37.30 in the 200 Medley.
“I’ll get us out there, get a bit of a lead, and Tim just feeds off of that,” Reeves said.
Believe it or not, Hough, who also claimed a Big 9 title in the 100 Yard Butterfly (52.29) and finished in second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (59.50), said he typically swims with “jitters.”
“I’m nervous as always, I can’t help it,” Hough said. “I think it makes me do better. If I’m not nervous, then I might slack and not be worried. As long as I’m nervous, I stay on top of my game.”
Besides being a part of two relay conference championship teams, Reeves took first in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (1:53.90) and the 100 Yard Backstroke (51:27)—but Reeves said he wouldn’t have earned those victories without Hough.
“We work really well together,” Reeves said. “We really drive each other work really hard and get better in the pool and academically in school. We also like to have fun obviously.”
Reeves and Hough were also named to the Big 9 All-Conference boys swimming & diving team on Wednesday.
Up next for Hough, Reeves, and the Spartans is the Section 1AA boys swimming & diving meet, which opens play on Wednesday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Updated: February 14, 2018 07:52 PM
Created: February 14, 2018 04:50 PM
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