By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 1, 2022— Ethan Hall is more than willing to put in the work when it comes to swimming.
Hall, 12, a seventh grader at Franklin Academy and Bronze Group member, started swimming three-and-a-half years ago. Since then he has improved every meet by putting in the effort and time.
“I was looking for a sport to do,” Hall said. “My mom’s friend told her about SOFLO. She put me in the developmental training with Coach George. I started liking it and then I moved up to Meteorites and started getting competitive.”
Hall played soccer when he was younger; plays basketball for fun on the weekends with friends and likes computer games, but swimming is his passion.
“I’m a competitive person,” Hall said. “It’s an amazing sport. I like the water. I like racing. I like the people who swim. I really want to make it to the top so I keep on trying harder.”
Hall goes the extra mile and has become a student of the sport. He watches videos of his training and meets with his father, Keith, a school teacher, who swam in Guyana until he was 13, but stopped when the economic downturn in the tiny South American country started shutting down public pools.
“He likes to swim, he likes to race and he likes to learn,” Keith Hall said. “We record his swims, watch it back and discuss. We watch a lot of videos. I give him a little knowledge and insight but he is the one who looks and figures things out.
“It was my wife (Lisa) who got him involved, started him with his first swim lessons, signed him up and got him with Coach George and Coach Rose,” Hall said. “Once he started liking it and showing promise I got involved and took it to the competitive level.
“He has what it takes in terms of being a good student. At the end of the day he loves it, he loves this sport.”
That was evident at last month’s 14&Under FGC Junior Olympics at Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart where he scored 21 points for SOFLO. He had 12 best times during the meet in the 11-12 age group in both individual and relay prelim and final events.
His finals drops were: 400-meter individual medley, 3.57 time drop; 100-meter backstroke, 1.45 drop; 100-meter freestyle, 0.17 time drop; 50-meter breaststroke, 2.24 time drop; 200-meter freestyle, 2.34 time drop.
Hall also competed on four relays: 400-meter freestyle relay that finished third; 400-meter medley relay that was third; 200-meter freestyle relay that was fourth and 200-meter medley relay that was second.
“The JO meet was the first time I swam the 400 IM at a championship meet,” Hall said. “It was a hard event but it was a good experience. I really liked the relays. On my individual swims I felt really good. I tried my hardest. I got into finals and got a bunch of medals.”
His favorite meet is the Speedo Winter Championships after competing in it for the first time last year.
“It was my biggest meet and my favorite,” Hall said. “I love Winter Championships. I have been waiting for it and it’s always on my mind. I dropped a lot of seconds last year and it made me feel really good. Coach Rose was really happy for me.
“It’s a great meet. There’s a lot of great swimmers there. All my friends gave me great inspiration. I hope this year I can do it again and pursue my goals.”
Out of the pool, swimming has helped him with managing his time. He wakes up at 6:30 a.m. After breakfast he gets ready for school. He finishes school at 3:15 and waits for his dad’s classes to end before heading home. Then it’s time for swim practice, 5:45-7:45. He comes home, checks his homework and gets a good night’s sleep.
Hall has plenty of goals, short and long range, he is working towards. “I feel like I am really trying hard,” he said. “I have been putting in all the work to make it.
“By the end of the year I would like to get some good places and really good times at Winter Champs,” he said. “In the 50 freestyle I would really like to get in the low 20s, 24-25. It’s been something I have been trying to work on all year. In the 100 free I would like to get under 55.
“My long term goals I hope to make it into the big groups at SOFLO, get on a good college team and be sponsored by TYR. I really want to make it to the top meets, like zones and senior champs.
“I know I have to work hard every day. I have bad days sometimes but I just shake it off. The next day I just focus on what I have to do better.”
Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Hall joins SOFLO swimmers Adrian Rendon (June), Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.
SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.
The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.
Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.
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