Q&A with Chris Radomski

Swimmer discusses state win


Photo by Savannah Pritchard

Senior Chris Radomski reacts to his first place finish in the 100 yard butterfly at the state meet in Austin.

Story by Tyler Snell, staff reporter

Gold medalist Chris Radomski describes his first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at state.

Q: What was going through your mind when you won? How did it feel when you realized that you won?

A: “I was very proud that I had finally done what I had told myself years ago that I would do. It was almost a feeling of relief because I don’t think I’ve gone a day this season without looking [at] the school record and thinking about that last race at State to take everything I’ve worked for. However, when I finished my race and looked up, I had wished [that] I had ended my last race with a personal best and was a little disappointed I didn’t break my regional record. I really wanted to go 48 [seconds], but I came in and did what I needed to do to get it done. So no regrets.”

Q: What motivated you to get to the top spot and win?

A: “It wasn’t a big deal, but this year I had worked hard to improve my 50 freestyle, which in swim is equal to the 100m dash. Last year, I barely missed call-ups for State in that event, so it was a good feeling to be able to score another 10 or so points along with the 20 [from the 100 fly] for the team with that event after placing 5th in one of the competitive events there are. I guess what motivated me was to get the most points for our team.”

Q: How nerve wracking was the race and State in general?

A: “I was a little surprised going into State seeded 2 seconds [ahead] with my school record. After that, I knew everyone would be a little surprised about my region time because last year I came eighth. While the people who got first and second [last year], expected this to be their year to place first and second. It felt pretty good to kind of be the dark horse this year in that event. But there was a lot of pressure because that was the first race this whole year where anyone was going to be challenging me.”

Q: Do you have any pre-race superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they?

A: “My only pre-race ritual is to eat a small amount of fruit to stay fueled. When my nerves get to me, I also remind myself that I’ve done this a thousand times before. As long as I get up on the block and do my absolute best and try my hardest, that’s all I can do.”

Q: Before State, At what point in your swimming career did you realize that you could win the 100 fly?

A: “This year at the TISCA meet when I broke former state champion’s, Matt Cox, pool and meet record, I realized tht goals might become reality this year. It really got me more motivated for the season and made me want to push harder.”