February 7, 2019 By:Lauren Murphy
By: Brooklyn Flint
McNary senior Harrison Vaughn is no stranger to the water, “I have been swimming since I was in the 4th grade. I started club swimming in 7th grade and I have been swimming in high school for the past four years,” Vaughn said. “I did swim lessons when I was younger and I really liked swimming and then my coach told me to start and try for swim team and I did.”
Vaughn has many strengths and is a very academically active person, which is reflected in the number of advanced placement classes he is involved with. “I am a really well rounded swimmer and I have been swimming for a really long time which helps a lot. I really like the team spirit on the team. It is definitely a lot more fun than it is in club. Being able to swim with the team makes you faster,” Vaughn said. Ever since he was swimming, Vaughn has been working on his brushstrokes and believes it is his greatest strength.
Swimming is fun to Vaughn for many reasons. For starters, it is a great athletic activity to stay in shape and keep healthy.
“It is more fun to be a part of a swim team than it is to be a part of most of the other team sports because if you mess up on a swim team, you’re only hurting yourself. You’re not hurting everybody else on the team. When we slack off, you’re only hurting yourself. So you can slack off one day and then do really well the next day and on both days, you’re never hurting anybody,” Vaughn said.
However, swimming isn’t all Vaughn has to offer. He is a huge gamer and plays video games in his free time when he can. In fact, Vaughn doesn’t plan to pursue swimming as a career in the future. He isn’t quite sure what he wants to do but he knows he wants to go to college and figure things out as he goes.
Vaughn will most likely continue swimming as a hobby and is very happy that he tried it in the first place. “Try it. You will never know how good you are at swimming unless you try it. You can figure out how fast you are at running, you can figure out if you can hit a ball pretty hard pretty easily, but swimming… You have to figure it out. You have to get taught how to do stuff,” Vaughn said. “Just try new things.”