Foy Makes Waves for Glacier Swim Club in Texas

    TMHS sophomore Patrick Foy, shown at the ASAA state swim championships in November, set Glacier Swim Club records at the Winter Junior Nationals West in Austin, Texas. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Patrick Foy is continuing his hot streak from November’s high school state swim championships by slicing through the water for Juneau’s Glacier Swim Club at the Winter Junior Nationals West in Austin, Texas.

      “He did amazing,” GSC coach Scott Griffith said. “That was a national level meet.”

      Foy recently broke two Alaska state records while competing at the meet last weekend. Foy set new marks in the 15/16 year old boys 200 IM, hitting a 1:50.11 for 34th overall, and the 200 breast in 2:01.71 for 29th overall.

      Foy also broke four GSC team records, the two state records and the open 200 IM and breast - the open records mean he swam faster than any GSC swimmer, any age, ever.

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

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

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

      Foy was named the outstanding male swimmer at the November Alaska School Activities Association state swim and dive championships in Anchorage, setting a state record in the 100 breast with 55.45, and winning the 200 IM in 1:50.55.

      The Winter Junior Nationals West is the fastest meet in the country for 18 year-olds and younger, meaning Foy competed against swimmers vying for possible college spots next year or national team spots.

      “He handled it well,” Griffith said. “He is the kind of swimmer that nothing really phases him. There are not college swimmers there. You hardly see a 15-year-old boy there, maybe 15-year-old girls. So he was one of the youngest there.”

      The top 24 in each event make it to the finals and Foy was just outside that mark in some of his events.

      Of the GSC and open records, Griffith said Foy is in rarified air, or water for that matter. Foy is chasing the marks set by Eagle River’s John Heaphy in the 100 (54 high) and 200 (2:01.01) state open breast records. Heaphy swam in the Olympic trials last summer and is at Arizona State training under Michael Phelps old coach Bob Bowman.

      “He is win a half-second of both of those records for the fastest in Alaska ever,” Griffith said.

      The GSC will be offering tryouts on Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in both the Dimond Park Aquatic Center and the August Brown Pool. No sign ups are necessary, swimmers can just show up. Parents and swimmers can contact glacierswimclub@gci.net for more information.

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