Olympic Hopeful Swimmer, Aidan Reagan, Transfers to Sahuaro

Olympic Hopeful Swimmer, Aidan Reagan, Transfers to Sahuaro

Alexzander (AJ) Braaten, Writer

To be the best at something takes time, effort, determination, strength and willpower. High school senior and Sahuaro newcomer, Aidan Reagan, knows this well, and sets out to become the best swimmer in Sahuaro’s history.

Aidan has been swimming for a long time. He transferred to Sahuaro from Salpointe this school year to compete for Coach Kruszewski and despite not being able to meet in person, he’s already made an impact. Aidan has received multiple scholarships to D1 colleges, even #5 ranked Indiana, which is where he has officially committed to.  Indiana has one of, if not the best, distance coach in the nation. When asked about having Aidan join the team, Coach K cited his accolades in the 200 and 50 meter freestyle before quickly adding that he’s really looking forward to having him on the team. Aidan was already ranked #2 in Arizona and #66 nationally according to collegeswimming.com . Now he hopes to get a full season at Sahuaro to prove it and break records along the way, one of which is his own uncle’s swim record, a record that has been in the books for over 30 years.  Aidan’s best times thus far are: 2:03.39 for 200 L Fly; 1:40.27 for 200 Y Free; 4:26.65 for 500 Y Free; and 15:35 for 1500 L Free – perhaps Tokyo 2021 will be record breaking for Aidan!

Despite being one of the best swimmers in the nation, Aidan still just wants to have a good time swimming. He sees swimming as a way to cool down and advises anyone who wants to try it out to just “Be yourself and do it your own way.” When it comes to his favorite part of swimming Aidan says, “I love the feeling of finishing each race, I come back for it every season.” Whenever he is outside of the pool, he is usually hanging out with friends and playing Call Of Duty. He, along with everyone else, has had to stay quarantined over the past few months, but that doesn’t seem to phase him much although he is eager to get back to swimming. He is not alone in his journey to becoming the best swimmer he can be. His parents were also competitive, collegiate swimmers for the UofA who know what it’s like to vie for the glory of a first place finish or a new personal record.

Aidan has swam competitively for around 5 years now, and his parents have been right there with him every step of the way. His mother knows what it’s like for him, being a collegiate swimmer herself and she is nothing but supportive, saying, “I am in constant awe of Aidan’s success in his chosen athletic career of swimming along with his drive to achieve his goals.” She also thanks the coaches that he has had there to help him get better and mature as a swimmer. He has already committed to a D1 college out of the 5 major offers he has.  Aidan will be getting ready to swim for Indiana in a year, but for now we get to see how he will amaze us with his last year of high school.