QHS swimmer Calloway qualifies for state meet
Junior Jackson Calloway will represent Quincy at state swim and dive for the third consecutive year.
Calloway punched his ticket to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, site of the state meet, in a meet hosted by Kentridge High School on Jan. 12.
The meet took place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, too.
“It was really good to get the qualifying time there, and be able to swim at that pool in a month or so,” Calloway said
Next month, Calloway will represent Quincy in the 500-meter freestyle. Last year he finished ninth (first in the consolation finals) in the 200-meter freestyle.
As a freshman, he competed in the 500-meter freestyle, finishing in 15th place, according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association archives.
He still has until districts to qualify for state in the 200-meter freestyle. He needs a time of one minute, 53 seconds or lower to make it to state in the 200-meter freestyle. Right now, his best time is 1:53.16 minutes.
“I barely missed getting the time (Jan. 12),” he said.
Nevertheless, qualifying in the 500-meter is a big accomplishment for Calloway, who battled leg and back injuries for most of the early part of the season.
“I could not kick for a solid two weeks,” he said.
After a week of injury-free practices, Calloway said, “I just stepped up this meet and got a qualifying time.”
He finished with a time of five minutes, 6.22 seconds. The mark required to earn a berth at state in the 500-meter freestyle was five minutes, 10 seconds.
“I kind of wanted to go into districts not worrying about qualifying for state but just focusing on my swims,” said Calloway, whose schedule shows districts happening in Moses Lake in early February.
Calloway did not plan to do the 500-meter freestyle much this season, he said, but at a club meet a few weeks ago, he beat the state mark to qualify for the 500.
Since it was a club meet and not a high school meet, it didn’t count. But it did not go unnoticed.
He and his coaches talked and decided to switch from the 100-meter freestyle to the 500-meter freestyle.
“It worked out pretty well,” Calloway said, who added he wants to be among the top eight in the 500-meter at districts, going into state.
“I want to be on the podium in the 500,” he said.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org