Tonawanda News — Stuart is a sprinter by trade, typically competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, as well as in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
He went to sectionals last year in the 50 and wound up in the top 25. He’s already punched his ticket for a return trip to sectionals this season.
“Having been there before — it prepares me more,” Stuart said. “I understand better what to expect and what I have to train for. I know how hard I have to push myself.”
His best time so far this year in the 50 is 23.11, comfortably below the sectional qualifying time of 23.88. And now he’s aiming even higher, having pulled to within a second of the magic qualifying time for the state tournament, 22.27.
But he’s never lost sight of the fact that swimming has always been a labor of love.
“I’ve learned to enjoy the sport more,” Stuart said. “I’ve never gotten tired of it — in fact, it’s one of the things I look forward to the most. It’s a privilege and a passion.”Find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.