Athlete of the Week: Eric Evans | News
This week the Stratford Eagles had to make room for a trophy that they've never had in the collection.
Last Saturday at Georgia Tech, the boys swimming squad earned a state title, the first in Stratford's history.
One senior played a key role in the win, and one day his talents in the pool may help protect the nation.
Eric Evans is the kind of kid that can pace himself and our "Athlete of the Week."
In the classroom, Evans has great grades, he competed on the math team and served on the Beta Club.
To get all that done with athletics the senior says he regularly gets up at six thirty in the morning and starts digging into his homework at nine o'clock at night.
"You prioritize and you devote time and effort like two or three hours so you're not going to get a ton of sleep but you will get it all done," Evans said confidently.
Getting it done is an understatement.
With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, he has his pick of schools. But his Dad is military so that narrowed down the choices.
"My Dad was a Westpoint grad, so he was in the Army and I went to Westpoint during a summer and it just wasn't for me the set up, so I tried the Navy and fell in love with that whole process and I want to serve my country just in a different branch, Evans explained.
"My dad was a Westpoint grad, so he was in the Army. And I went to Westpoint during a summer, and it just wasn't for me the set up. So I tried the Navy and fell in love with that whole process, and I want to serve my country just in a different branch," Evans explained.
It makes sense, Evans is a water guy.
Last weekend, he won the State Championship in the 100-yard backstroke. That win helped propel Stratford to State Championship.
If he goes to the Navy, he could use his aquatic skills to his benefit.
"Sometimes I say I would be a SEAL and other times submarines or surface warfare. It just kind of changes everyday, Evans said.
Even with his state trophy Evans doesn't plan to swim competitively at the next level. But if he does opt to become a SEAL he knows he can qualify for the elite squad in the pool.
"Swimming would help going into it because I've looked at what their time standards are and I could hit the Seal swimming standards easily which is a big relief."
A relief for a kid with aspirations to serve his country and keep pace with his dreams.