All-Area Boys' Swimming COY: Central's Tom Lockman
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Directed the Maroons to a fourth consecutive sectional title, this one by more than 100 points. Not only did 100 percent of the team’s swimmers in the meet have season-best times (most by significant margins) but the school also won eight of 12 events, including all three relays. Central won the Twin City title and finished second in the Big 12 varsity meet. The Maroons’ junior varsity team won the Big 12 Conference JV meet.
In his own words: “I am proud of the improvement and success our team showed this year. Working hard through early-morning dryland sessions and evening pool workouts, we had a strong group of individuals who came together as a team, holding each other accountable and pushing each other to put the team in the best position it could be. Swimming and diving can be challenging at times because there are both individual and team dynamics and goals. Over the course of the season, we had a number of cases of athletes who — without question or complaint — sacrificed individual goals to do what was best for the team. I believe that speaks greatly to the character of the guys we have and the environment we have developed as a team. We are fortunate that our program has a strong tradition which helps breed individual and team success. Experienced swimmers and divers buy into the program and pass that down to the newer athletes. There is a sense of pride in and dedication to the program, initiated largely by Jeff Trigger and Bob Miller and continued by Will Barker, Matt Hopkins and Ben Trupin, which builds upon itself every year.”
A few of my favorites: Billy Barooz ... “The Big Bang Theory” ... the Pontiac Grand Prix ... Indian Acres Swim Club.
Before a meet, I: spend time strategizing.
Pet peeve: My own impatience
Next goal: To enjoy some free time
On my bucket list: Go back to Argentina, see Northwestern play in an NCAA tournament game and attend the Summer Olympics
Last text sent to: Matt Hopkins about Popeye’s chicken
Three living people I’d like to have dinner with: Tony La Russa, Whitey Herzog and my dad.
In his swimmer’s words: “He brought a more relaxed point of view to the swim team. He was relaxed yet intense. He’d have fun at times but then could kick it into gear. He was a big contributor to our success. He pushes us hard in practice. We knew he was a state champ in the 500 and swam at Northwestern and when he gave us advice, we would listen to what he would do.” — sophomore Payton Woods