High School Sports

SCISA Boys All-Area Swimming

Zach Wainwright
Zach Wainwright

Player of the year: Zach Wainwright

School: Hammond

Year: Senior

What he did: Won the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.83 seconds and placed third in 100 freestyle (53.87).

What is your first memory from swimming? My first swim meet, I might have been 6 or 7 years old. I didn't want to swim at all. I was crying and pitching a fit before a race, and my stepdad enticed me by promising me Golden Corral afterward. So I swam the race and won and did fine after that. I really wanted to go to the buffet.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in swimming? I'd say just nerves. It used to be that I could eat all kinds of candy and whatever I wanted in between the races and I'd be fine, but then when I started high school, I'd get sick before every meet and race. Junior year, I had one time that I passed out. I guess it was just nerves because of how I was doing in practice. That didn't happen this year, though.

What was the highlight of your season? Winning the 50 freestyle race. This year I injured my shoulder a month before state, so for three weeks I practiced swimming without my arms, just kicking. At the state meet, I had really bad shoulder pain, but I was still able to win.

What is the last book you read? I'm currently reading "Waiting for the Barbarians." It's a world literature selection; I didn't pick it.

What would your friends say about you? That I'm the weird guy in the group. It's well known that I have a strange sense of humor.

What is your dream car? The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. I've actually been in one. Down in Miami we stopped by this one place where you could rent a Shelby GT or Ferrari, and that was the first time I saw a Saleen. It looks like a prototype type of car.



50 freestyle

Zach Wainwright, Hammond

100 freestyle


200 freestyle

Billy Amberg, Cardinal Newman

500 freestyle

Will Hicks, Heathwood Hall

100 backstroke

Keaton Walker, Ben Lippen

100 breaststroke

Kyle Vincent, Ben Lippen

100 butterfly

Thomas Lobitz, Hammond

200 individual medley


200 freestyle relay


400 freestyle relay


200 medley relay

Ben Lippen