Student-Athlete Spotlight: Heritage swimmer brings passion to the pool

Megan Deevy is in fourth year as Heritage swimmer

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Megan Deevy has been busy before the Colorado state swim meet.

Deevy, a breaststroke swimmer and sprint freestyler, is one of the senior captains for the Heritage swimming team, which will be competing in the Class 5A state swimming championship meet on Feb. 13 and 14.

“It is the biggest meet of the year,” said Deevy. “The week before state we did an activity every day after school, on Sunday we had a breakfast and it just was getting everybody encouraged. We also tapered the week before, so practices weren’t as hard so we are better rested.

“We feel real good. We were ranked third in the state, which was real encouraging. I’m excited for that. This team is real special because we all have a special bond. We’re really close and we’ve been close since my freshman year. My best friends are swimming.”

Key stats

Deevy’s time of 1:06.67 was the 14th fastest 100 breaststroke recorded in the state during the regular season and she swims on Heritage’s 200 medley relay team (with Aislyn Barnett, Inge Ehm and Anna Shaw), which had the state’s best regular season time of 1:45.95.

COACH’S TAKE:

`She should be honored because of her commitment and passion for our team. She is an outstanding athlete and leader for Heritage.’

Tom Byorick,

Heritage girls swimming coach

Q&A with Deevy

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Kara Lynn Joyce. She was an Olympian in the 50 free and I actually met her once and she gave me tips on my stroke when I was younger.

What or who motivates you most to excel in swimming?

My coach, my parents and my teammates. Even though swimming is an individual sport, I want to swim for other people.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

AP environmental science and just science in general too. I want to study environmental science in college and it has really opened my eyes like we could really have a healthy environment.

What do you like to do away from swimming and school?

I am a big hiker so I like to hike a lot and like a lot of outdoor activities.

What are your plans after high school?

I will be swimming in college but I have not decided on a college yet. I’ve looked at DI, DII and DIII schools. I plan on swimming somewhere in California. I want to study environmental science and marine biology.

What is your favorite TV show?

“Friends.” Whatever type of mood you are in, you can find an episode to cheer you up. It is a really funny show as well. I like to watch it before I go to bed because it is a happy show.

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