Prep Swimming: Boyle seniors Crawford, Frey not letting up as the end of their senior season approaches
Jack Crawford of Boyle County swims the first leg of the boys 400-yard freestyle relay at a meet Saturday in Frankfort. Boyle won this race, and Crawford also won the boys 50 and 100 freestyle races. The Boyle boys finished first and Boyle's boys and girls led the combined standings in the seven-team meet. (Mike Marsee / January 20, 2013)
Jack Crawford and Connor Frey are pushing themselves and each other to go as far as they can in their final season, and they’re trying to catch as many teammates as they can in their wake.
The two boys have been friends and competitors since joining Boyle’s team three years ago, and they said they have been good for each other.
“We both started swimming the same year, and he’s really been equal competition to me,” Crawford said Saturday. “He’s just a good friend to have, and a real good competitor. We don’t really swim the same things, but we like to give each other a hard time.”
The two are also trying to push their teammates to the best possible season, and they got a little closer to their goal Saturday, when Boyle bounced back from a subpar performance with a strong showing in a seven-team meet at Kentucky State University’s Exum Center.
The Rebels were atop in the combined standings after the boys finished first and the girls were second, and Crawford said it was their first win this season in a multi-team meet.
“We had a meet on Wednesday, and we’d been off for, like, a month and a half over Christmas break. We didn’t do so hot on Wednesday, but we came back this weekend and did the best we could. We really showed out today,” Crawford said.
Frey the Rebels’ result in the midweek meet at Scott County drove them to do better Saturday.
“That’s really all we’ve been thinking about is how poorly we did on Wednesday. That’s just been a big motivation for us,” he said. “We won the meet overall and the guys team won, so that’s always a good day.”
Crawford won two individual events, the boys 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
“I was seeded good, I had good times, and I almost tied personal records in both,” he said.
He said he concentrated more on swimming well for his club team last year, but this year he is more focused on swimming well for Boyle.
“I’m really trying to come from last season where I didn’t try as much and really make a push to do something great, and I want to be the best on the team this year, and that’s what I’ve done,” Crawford said.
Frey said he and Crawford are trying to help their teammates as well as themselves.
“We’ve been friends ever since we started swimming in my sophomore year, and we’ve always been really competitive with each other,” he said. “We’re really excited about the sport, and we really get into it and we push the younger kids to do their best just like we do.”
The only thing that doesn’t excite them is the fact that time is running out on their senior season.
These are the last days of competitive swimming for Frey, who plans to play soccer in college.
“I’ll definitely miss it,” he said. “Boyle County swimming, I live for it these days. I’ll miss it. It’ll be tough.”
Crawford said he hopes to swim at the collegiate level, and he’s deciding whether he wants to accept a scholarship offer from a smaller school or walk on at a larger Division I school.