Student-Athlete Spotlight

His success is adding up

Nathan Griffin swims for Ponderosa, attends Chaparral

Posted 4/30/19

Ponderosa co-op boys swim coach Warren Ross likes to tell the story of how Nathan Griffin predicted what he was going to do two years ago when he was a freshman. Ross recalls that Griffin got caught …

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Student-Athlete Spotlight

His success is adding up

Nathan Griffin swims for Ponderosa, attends Chaparral

Posted

Ponderosa co-op boys swim coach Warren Ross likes to tell the story of how Nathan Griffin predicted what he was going to do two years ago when he was a freshman.

Ross recalls that Griffin got caught up in the excitement and celebrations when he watched a Ponderosa relay team set a pool record at the Smoky Hill Invite. He told Ross he was going to get a state-qualifying time and he did just that in the 100-yard backstroke.

“I dropped like four seconds and it was my best time at that time,” remembered Griffin, a junior who attends Chaparral. “I just swam really well. It was so abrupt and it felt good. Even through I'm a lot faster than I was two years ago, it sticks in my mind and I remember that very clearly.”

Griffin is currently listed among the 5A swimmers in three different events with the best times recorded so far this season.

“I've gotten a lot faster and I have been practicing a lot more,” he said. “It's a combination of things. I have grown and I am more developed. I am a lot stronger because I have been training a lot of harder. I want to get in the top three in the 100 backstroke this season.”

Key statistics

In Colorado Prep Swim's list of best times, released April 24, Griffin had the third best time in the 100-yard backstroke of 51.11 and was 14th in the 100 butterfly, 52.40.

The coach's take

"He has improved significantly. He came in thinking he was kind of maybe a mid-distance guy but on my team he has to do a little bit of everything. So he's turned into one of our fastest sprinters."

Warren Ross, Ponderosa co-op boys swim coach

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

It would not necessarily be winning individual events but winning relays because that shared experience means so much more at least for me than winning an individual. It's a lot more fun and means a lot to me.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math. I'm in calculus right now. Math is more natural for me. I`m more of a math and science kid. I'm really not a reading, English kid.

Do you understand what is going on in diving competition?

No. Before the diving the announcer says some numbers and I think I used to know what they meant. My dad told me. I don't know anymore. I just know how long diving takes at a meet. I'm going to watch it but I have no idea what goes on.

How does Colorado rank in producing swimmers to advance to the next level?

Colorado is one of the fastest states for swimmers because Colorado is a higher elevation and there is more training here.

How much time do you spent at a pool during the week?

I'd say about 18 hours, and then over the summer it might be more.

Jim Benton

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