Bone, a Catholic High senior, was voted the Outstanding Boys Swimmer on the All-Metro team last year. During the summer, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials set for July 2016. The Capital City Swim League starts its series of 22-event regular-season meets Saturday at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
What are you looking forward to during your senior year?
“Being around my teammates and competing with them. Most of us have been together for three or four years. We’re really close as a team. I enjoy competing with them and watching them compete. It’s about the people as much as the competition.”
What is the latest on your recruiting process?
“I just finished a visit to Georgia. This weekend I’m going to Auburn and then North Carolina State after that. Two weeks after those visits, I’ll go to Arizona and then Alabama for visits.”
How many hours a week do you practice?
“It comes out to about 21½ hours a week. That’s from 4:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Monday through Thursday and 3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Plus, we do yogalates on Sunday. That’s one of things about swimming a lot of people don’t understand. It takes a lot of work to be able to compete at a high level and stay there. For every practice you miss it takes two to make up for what you lost in endurance and conditioning.”
What would you tell people to encourage them to either swim or come to a meet?
“There’s nothing like the atmosphere, especially for the City and State meets. People get excited, and there’s so much cheering and noise. It’s great.”
Can you share your fondest memory from high school swimming?
“It was the 200 free (freestyle) relay at the state meet last year. We were behind and our coach (Doug Logsdon) told us we had to win that race if we wanted a chance to win the (Division I) state title. Winning that one was the best feeling ever.”
By Robin Fambrough