Mustang swimmer aims high as team heads to districts

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LRHS swimmer Dimiter Zafirov dives into ambition.

Jenelle Bayor and Phoebe Duval– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “Just bust out.”

These are the three words that Sophomore Dimiter Zafirov lives by. Zafirov swims for the LRHS Mustangs, though he’s a student at Manatee School of the Arts.

To be a part of the Mustang swim team, Zafirov had to talk to the head of athletics and enter a waiting list for a spot on the team.

Zafirov is ranked second in the state and 13th in the country, based on the boys in the class of 2022. He aspires to make the Olympic Trials this summer and make an Olympic career out of swimming.

Zafirov is coached by his club coach, Guy Bergeron, who coached Michael Phelps’s coach, Bob Bowman.

“I love the feeling of being in the water and racing,” remarked Zafirov on his favorite part about swimming.

Zafirov’s favorite events include the 100 fly, 200 freestyle, and 200 Individual Medley. Last season, Zafirov placed fourth in the 500 freestyle at states, as a freshman.

To get to this level, Zafirov trains for around 18 hours each week.

The most rigorous meet Zafirov qualified for was Futures Championships. The meet was held in Greensboro, NC where swimmers from across the country travelled to compete. Zafirov qualified in five individual events and three relays and placed seventh in the 400 free.

“I plan to swim for as long as I can still enjoy it. I’m so grateful for the opportunities it gives me and the doors it opens,” Zafirov said, “I’m glad to be part of a sport that allows me to make friendships while doing what I love.”

Mustangs head to district tourney

Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Swim Team will compete in the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) District 6 Championship meet on Saturday at the Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota, FL.

This meet will feature teams from multiple counties and marks the start of the Mustang Swim Team’s post-season.

“It’s an exciting meet because there are a lot of teams from several counties, and there is a lot of fast swimming,” said head swim coach Kyle Steinberg.

District 6 is known as one of the fastest districts in the state and the team has therefore focused on this meet for the past two weeks.

“The goal for Districts is to show off all the hard work we’ve put into this season and have as many swimmers as possible move on to Regionals. Everyone on the team had a great season all the way around,” said Steinberg.

The top two swimmers in each event at this meet will automatically advance to the FHSAA Region 2 Championship meet on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Long Center in Clearwater, FL

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