Bella Sellmer – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Junior LRHS swimmer Sebastion Aguirre is heading to states for the third year in a row.
Aguirre will be going to states for both his 100-backstroke and his 100-butterfly. Aguirre’s main goal for states is to break the 50-second mark in his butterfly and to see if he can get at least third place.
Aguirre said, “I feel like I have improved a lot in my 100 fly, from a 52 second 100 fly at the beginning of the season to being able to go even faster than that by the middle of the season is a pretty big jump in the swim world. The fly is my best stroke and also my favorite.”
Aguirre finished first in districts both last year and this year, improving his time by three seconds. He was also able to place second in regionals last year and this year, improving his time again by three seconds.
Aguirre started swimming around the age of seven and has been swimming for just about 10 years.
Aguirre started swimming on the advice of his swimming instructor who told his mother he had a lot of potential and encouraged him to try out. He tried out, made the team and continued to train hard.
Aguirre commented, “Ever since I have started swim I have loved it. I like everything about it, I just love the sport.”
Besides the LRHS swim team, Aguirre also swims for Sarasota Tsunami and Delfines Del Valle. While Sarasota Tsunami swim team is here local, the Delfines Del Valle swim team is located in Colombia.
Aguirre usually goes back to Colombia to swim for this team three times a year. His times and positions for his age group qualify him for the Colombia region team.
Aguirre’s biggest swimming inspiration is Joseph Schooling. He beat Michael Phelps in the 2016 Olympic Games in the 100 fly. Aguirre also looks up to Schooling because he has a record for FHSAA swimming in the 100 fly, which is not just Aguirre’s favorite stroke to swim, but is the one he performs the best in.
Aguirre will continue swimming and he hopes to be able to swim in college and has been looking into Auburn, University of Florida, and Arizona State.
Aguirre said, “I always go out there and try to do my best, no matter the situation is or what’s going on.”