Foy makes waves for Glacier Swim Club in Texas

TMHS sophomore Patrick Foy, presented at the ASAA Swimming Championships in November, set Glacier Swim Club records at the Winter Junior Nationals West in Austin, TX. (Klas Stolpe)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Patrick Foy continues his high school swimming championship streak in November by plying the water for the Glacier Swim Club in Juneau at the Winter Junior Nationals West in Austin , Texas.

“He’s done wonders,” said GSC coach Scott Griffith. “It was a national level meeting.”

Foy recently broke two Alaska State records when he competed in the competition last weekend. Foy set new marks in the 200 IM for 15/16 year old boys, reaching a 1: 50.11 for the 34th overall, and the 200 breaststroke in 2: 01.71 for the 29th overall.

Foy also broke four GSC team records, the two state records and the 200 IM and open breaststroke – the open records mean he swam faster than any GSC swimmer, regardless of age, never.

The national record for the 15-16 age group for the 200 IM boys is 1: 42.77 and for the 200 breaststroke is 1: 52.37.

Foy also swam the 100 breaststroke clocking 55.75 for 28th overall, the 15-16 NAG is 51.75; and the 50 freestyle in 21.69 for the 149th overall, the 15-16 NAG is 19.24.

“Usually the kids get one or two cups, he had four, so qualifying for four is a big deal,” Griffith said. “Usually when we send kids to these gatherings, especially a month after high school, we don’t see much improvement, especially when it’s kind of their first time. There’s that kind of deer scenario in the headlights, all of a sudden you go from a big fish in a little pond to just another fish in a really big pond.

Foy was named the outstanding swimmer at the Alaska School Activities Association State Swimming and Diving Championships in November in Anchorage, setting a state record in the 100 breaststroke with 55.45 and winning the 200 IM in 1: 50.55.

The Western National Junior Winter Championships are the fastest competition in the country for youth ages 18 and under, meaning Foy has faced swimmers vying for possible varsity spots next year or so. places in the national team.

“He handled it well,” Griffith said. “He’s the kind of swimmer that nothing really bothers him. There are no college swimmers there. We barely see a 15-year-old boy, maybe 15-year-old girls. So he was one of the youngest there.

The top 24 from each event advance to the final and Foy was just outside that mark in some of his events.

On the GSC and open files, Griffith said Foy was in thin air, or in water for that matter. Foy pursues the marks set by John Heaphy of Eagle River in the 100 (54 high) and 200 (2: 01.01) open breast state records. Heaphy swam in the Olympic Trials last summer and is in Arizona State training under former Michael Phelps coach Bob Bowman.

“He’s in the process of winning half a second of those two records for the fastest ever in Alaska,” Griffith said.

The GSC will be offering trials on December 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Dimond Park Aquatic Center and August Brown Pool. No registration is necessary, swimmers can simply show up. Parents and swimmers can contact glacierswimclub@gci.net for more information.