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Christopher's Amazing Swim Journey

posted Apr 8, 2014, 4:59 AM by Molly Fisher   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 4:44 AM ]


Christoper swimming!  His quilt captures his 12 year swimming journey beautifully!

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 states!  

  •  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!” 

 Fast forward to 2012/2013, Christopher swam at the:

  • USA 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, California.

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:

  • His 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!

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 Christopher’s Memory 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!