At only 18 years old, Pierce College swimmer Blair Kroetz has achieved more than he had ever expected, breaking two school records and placing fourth in two events at the state championships.
This is Kroetz’ second – and last – season swimming in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, as well as the 100 fly for the Pierce men’s swim team.
“This season, I felt more comfortable in my swim events,” Kroetz said.
Kroetz beat a 100-meter backstroke 1974 record of 53.68 with a time of 51.01.
The second record he broke, the 200-meter backstroke, was previously set by him in 2011. Last season, he set the record at 1:56.17; his record after this season is 1:54.07.
“Blair is going to be missed next season,” men’s swim team coach Fred Shaw said. “We saw his growth as a swimmer in every single one of his events.”
Even though his time swimming for the Pierce team has come to a close, Kroetz is excited for what may come next.
“I am hoping my swims for state are able to help me get a scholarship to swim for a university,” he said. “I would like to continue swimming for a team.”
Now that his season is over, he plans on transferring to California State universities in either Long Beach or San Jose as a chemical engineering major.
“He is hardworking. I know he will do great things,” women’s swim coach Judi Terhar said.
According to Kroetz, having over 12 years experience swimming for a team, club, and church school team has helped him stay dedicated and committed to his passion.
“It would be super dumb of me to stop now. I think at this level, to achieve what I have is a dream come true, and I plan to keep that momentum,” he said.