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Making waves at state

Three rounds. 

Greater than 200 groups in Class 6A look to ship one particular person swimmer to the state championship in the hunt for a medal. Three phases stand in between each swimmer and a spot within the championship. 

Because the white lights shined upon the calm water of the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Middle, anticipation rose. The water softly rippled because the warmup session was about to start on Friday, February 23.  

Amidst the joy, Coppell Excessive College senior swim captain Sean Li saved to himself. Cheers pale within the background because the cool, calm and picked up Li acquired able to compete within the semifinals of not one, however two occasions. 

Being one among two members from Coppell to make it that far, the stress was on for Li. 

“Strain is a singular side of those occasions,” Li stated. “Personally, when I’m below extra stress, I’m able to carry out higher as a result of the stress permits me to concentrate on what I must particularly concentrate on for an occasion.”

Going to state within the 100-yard freestyle and breaststroke races, Li was seeking to make a press release. 

He was disqualified after a false begin within the breaststroke race. Nonetheless, he made it previous the semifinals and into the finals the place he positioned seventeenth within the state.

Coppell swim and dive coach Jonathan Drori is especially impressed by Li’s swimming and dedication to the game.

“Sean is a really excessive degree swimmer,” Drori stated. “Swimmers like that must be intrinsically motivated and good at what they do. Sean has each.”

Motivation and confidence are two phrases that had been utilized by Drori, and for good purpose. 

“It doesn’t matter whether or not I’m the perfect coach on the planet or not,” Drori stated. “If he didn’t actually, really need it, then it wouldn’t occur for him. Fortunately he has a fantastic perspective and works extraordinarily exhausting.”

Promoted to captain by Drori, Li has at all times been a vocal a part of the 41-member swim workforce. 

“I voted to make him captain as a result of he represents the workforce extraordinarily effectively,” sophomore state qualifier Gabriel Campos stated. “The way in which he leads me and permits me to enhance my abilities is extraordinarily effectively carried out.”

For the previous two years, Li has competed in state two relays, however this 12 months he was seeking to construct his energy and make particular person competitions – a major change. 

His means of doing this was by dedicating time to the game and making house in a really busy schedule. 

“Sean and I’ve actually shaped a bond at practices by staying with one another,” Campos stated. “Coming within the mornings at eight to work on method is one thing that has actually introduced us collectively and exhibits his dedication to the game.”

College is a giant a part of Li’s success and in addition a primary purpose why Li has developed time administration abilities. 

“I make it possible for I’m not goofing round at school,” Li stated. “Clearly checks and quizzes are part of faculty and part of your grades, but when you’ll be able to focus at school and do the required duties on time, the quantity of data you’ll be able to garner is huge.”

As a dedicated enterprise main at New York College, the long run is brilliant for Li who desires to pursue swimming for a membership on the aspect. 

“I positively need to proceed swimming in school,” Li stated. “I need to pursue a profession in finance and proceed to encourage college students and lead in a means that’s higher for everybody and never simply myself.”

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