Swimmer Standouts: Tavis Siebert ’20 and Anton Lee ’22

Item17eTavisSiebert1Earlier this year, Tavis Siebert ’20 placed 1st in seven individual events and 2nd in two individual events to be the high point winner in the 11–12- year-old-boy category at the Metropolitan Junior Olympics Championship. Tavis’s swimming “bug” started a few days before his 10th birthday, in the lead-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, when all the world was talking about Michael Phelps and his quest to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. Tavis and his family attended the final night of swimming in London and saw Team USA take gold in both the men’s and women’s medley relay and watched Michael Phelps receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tavis says it was “an unforgettable and inspiring experience.”

Since then, Tavis has been honing his craft. Breaking the record in his age group for the Metropolitan Junior Olympics 200 fly and earning a number of top-five or better finishes at the NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida, were among the highlights of his season, which ended with Tavis being ranked 23rd in the nation among 12-year-olds. He says swimming has been rewarding for what it has taught him about discipline, dedication, and sacrifice. “Best of all,” he says, “I love swimming in that it forces me to challenge myself daily. I’m always racing against that clock and trying to improve against myself.”

Item17eAntonLeeAnton Lee ’22 has also achieved 
a string of swimming successes in recent months. In the 2015 New Jersey Junior Olympics competition held at Rutgers University in March, he earned 3rd place in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 500- yard freestyle, and 100-yard IM (individual medley) and 200-yard IM. He also place 2nd overall in the State of New Jersey for boys 10 and under, based on high point awards. “I believe that swimming is one of the hardest sports,” says Anton. “Even if you’re in a team, you can’t depend on anybody but yourself.
It is a fight against yourself, both physically and mentally. I’m happy about what I have done so far with swimming, and I look forward to pushing myself further in the future!”

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