posted Apr 8, 2014, 4:59 AM by Molly Fisher
updated Apr 10, 2014, 4:44 AM
Christopher Downing lives
in Massachusetts and will graduate from high school in June. He has spent the
past 12 years of his life swimming at a very competitive level. He
has swum thousands of miles during endless practices and meets spanning 14
- Christopher joined his 1st
swim team at age 5 and has been swimming competitively ever since. When he was
5 they would 'write his name in' on the swim meet heat sheets, because you
had to be 6 to join a swim team and compete. Most teams wouldn’t let him
join as he was too young. One coach at a local YMCA thought for sure, once
Christopher tried out for the team, he would see for himself why he needed to
wait until he was a bit older to join a team.
- The YMCA
coach had Christopher 'try out' on 2 different days for the team and when he
was able to do the minimal requirements for joining the team, Coach Bob said: “Christopher,
since you want to swim so much, I'll let you join, but we will have to write
your name in because the computer system won't pick up your Birth year!”
to 2012/2013, Christopher swam at the:
Junior National meets in Indianapolis and at the University of Tennessee and
Speedo Grand Prix in Missouri.
- In December 2012, he qualified for his team’s
first ever National Team cut and was on his way to Junior Nationals in Irving,
California in August 2013!
- He was
selected as an Athlete Represented during junior and senior years to serve
on the NE Swim board. The highlight has been: He was one of the 3
athletes representing NE at the USA convention in Sept 2013 in Irving,
He not only
swims but also keeps up his grades. He takes great pride in his achievements in
the pool, but what he is most proud of is:
selection into the USA Swimming Scholastic All American team member for the
past 2 years (minimum GPA of 3.5) Christopher hopes to be an example to the younger team members
that they can swim their personal best in the pool and also do their personal
best in school. He has swum thousands of miles at endless practices and
meets for twelve years!
- One of
his earliest goals was to swim Division 1 in college on
scholarship. He can now check that off his bucket list
as he was fortunate to be invited by 5 colleges on recruiting trips
and ultimately selected Boston
University because it was close to home. He signed his National
Letter of Intent with BU on November 15th and will be part of their 2018 class!
Quilt, shown above, with 40 of his swim shirts representing his 12 year competitive swim
journey! Look close and you will notice both t-shirts shown above are in the
quilt, so is his favorite knit hat!