Swimming | Alex Weaver
Things have been golden for Alex Weaver in the intermediate medley and the butterfly this summer for the Paddlers Pirates.
The 10-year-old Weaver finished with an unbeaten season in both events in the 9-10 boys division. At the Southwestern Illinois Swim Association championship meet on July 17 at Summers-Port Pool, Weaver won the 100-yard intermediate medley with a time of 1 minute, 25.55 seconds and the 50-yard butterfly in 36.01 seconds.
“Alex Weaver had a great, great meet,” Paddlers coach Celeste Furmanek said. “He’s the one who puts in a lot of hard practice times.”
The strong effort at the conference meet earned Weaver this week’s Granite City AdVantage News Athlete of the Week award.
Weaver, who will be a sixth-grader at Grigsby Intermediate School this fall, said he was pleased he won a pair of SWISA championships in his final year in the 9-10 boys division. Last year, Weaver finished fourth in the IM and butterfly at the league meet at Paddlers.
“It felt pretty good,” Weaver said. “I just tried my hardest. I improved all of my times and I was just happy with how I did.”
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