Athlete of the Week: Maverick Crowell

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Maverick Crowell (middle right) and his group placed first in the relay at City Meet.

Maverick Crowell is a freshman at Northwest who is on the swim team. 

What team do you swim for? 

“I swim for the Greensboro Swim Association. 

When did you start to swim competitively and why did you decide to swim competitively? 

“I started swimming competitively when I was 6, and I started because I had always liked swimming, I just didn’t have anywhere to practice and when my local gym started a swim team, I joined that.” 

How different was it to swim at 6 years old? 

“It was rough. I had to go against people who were almost two years older than me and at that age every year is really important because of how much you’re growing and getting more comfortable in the water and with swimming as a sport.” 

Do you plan to continue this sport throughout college/high school? 

“Yes, I plan to continue past the college level.” 

What do you mean by swimming past college? 

“At the college level and beyond, swimming has three routes you can take, International Swimming League (ISL), Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) world championship, or staying with your college and training for the Olympics.” 

What awards have you received while swimming? 

“I haven’t received many awards, except for one time when I was 10. I got a high point scorer, which is just being the most beneficial swimmer to a team in the state point wise.” 

Have you ever qualified for any notable swim meets or gotten first in any notable swim meets? 

“When I received the high point scorer award, I was living in Knoxville TN swimming for my local gyms team called the National Fitness Sharks (NFC).” 

How does being on the swim team affect you at school? 

“Being in swim does not affect my academic schedule except having less time to do homework.” 

How do you fit your practices in your schedule? 

“I don’t really have much of a practice schedule; I just go to all the practices available.” 

When and where do you practice? 

“I practice at 5 a.m. and at 6 p.m. every day except Fridays and Sundays at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.” 

What are your best memories of swimming? 

“My best memories are from my summer league. It’s not competitive, but it’s a lot of fun just being able to chill with your friends and race people you normally wouldn’t get a chance to race.” 

What summer team were you on and what are your best memories that have come from your summer team? 

“My summer league team is Sherwood Swim and Racket; we practice at Page High School. My favorite summer meet was the 2021 city meet where all the summer teams have one big meet; it is like states for high school except you don’t have to qualify. It’s not very competitive, but it’s very fun just being able to chill with your friends and race people you wouldn’t have a chance to race otherwise.”