Upton finished eleventh in his specialty event, the 100 breaststroke. He was the anchor on the 200 medley relay team that placed tenth.
Overall, not a bad way to finish a three-year career, he said. He admitted he was “bad” when he first came out to the KHS swimming.
“My first year at practice, we have slow and fast lanes, I was in the slowest of the slow lane,” Upton said. “I couldn’t keep up. I’d say going into my junior year was when I got to be at least decent. I found that my specialty was the 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.”
If he could get a re-do, Upton would’ve gone out for swimming his freshman year.
“I wish I had started then,” he said. “It kind of bums me out. It makes me wonder and think that I could’ve gotten to an all-state level.”
But soccer was his sport, until a hip problem. Upton said the injury made it painful to kick a soccer ball, but didn’t affect him in the pool.
“I tore off a piece of my hip,” he said. “I didn’t break it, but I couldn’t play soccer anymore.”
Upton said he enjoyed the team aspect of the relay events the most.
“With the relays, it’s a lot more fun,” he said. “You’re part of a team then, and you have to rely on each other. When you’re in the individual races, there’s no one around and it’s a lot more serious. You’re just by yourself.”
Getting to know Trey Upton Favorite athlete: Michael Phelps Favorite team: Arkansas Razorbacks Preswim superstitions: None, I just go up and swim there. Most disliked athlete: I guess it would be Ryan Lochte Favorite movie: The Hobbit Favorite musical artist: Mumford & Sons Favorite actor: Johnny Depp Favorite athletic memory: Qualifying for state my junior year Song on your iPod people wouldn't expect: Bad Touch, by Bloodhound Gang Hidden talent: I can whistle really loud
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