BERLIN - Swimming has always been a big part of Connor Recck‚Äôs life.
The Berlin junior spends countless hours in the pool, not just in season, but out of season as well. Recck swims 11 months out of the year.
It began at the age of 6 when Recck‚Äôs mother took him and his sisters down to the Percival Pool in Berlin for swim lessons.
He hasn‚Äôt stopped since then, swimming in summer leagues as well as with USA Swimming until he reached high school.
Now, Recck just wrapped up his junior year with the Redcoats where he played a major part in the team‚Äôs success.
"Connor won every individual event that he swam in dual meet competition this year,‚ÄĚ Berlin head coach Daniel Thurston said.
The head coach isn‚Äôt kidding.
Recck does it all. He swam the 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke and more.
‚ÄúConnor was also a key member of our top relay teams during dual meet competition this year,‚ÄĚ Thurston said. ‚ÄúHe routinely gives us an advantage in the breaststroke leg of the medley relay and as our anchor of our 400 free relay.‚ÄĚ
Although he swims in so many different events, Recck puts a majority of his focus to the 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, two of his favorite events that he also qualified for the Class M meet in.
‚ÄúAt the end of the season I got best times in all of my events and overall, I accomplished what I wanted to do in my events,‚ÄĚ Recck said. ‚ÄúI was able to make the State Open for the second year in a row, in both of those events which was really good. And I was able to place in the top four at state finals so I was really happy with that.‚ÄĚ
Yet while Recck has seen much success this year, he has also had struggles, specifically in the 100 breaststroke right during the middle of the team‚Äôs schedule.
‚ÄúThere are always times I‚Äôm not doing my best and I always feel like it‚Äôs always tough in the middle of the season because you never know what going to happen in the end of the season,‚ÄĚ Recck said. ‚Äú‚ÄėAm I ever going to get a best time at the end of the year? Am I ever going to push forward in that event?‚Äô‚ÄĚ
But it turned out Recck‚Äôs season would pick back up at just the right time - right as the CCC South meet approached. All of a sudden, he was right where he needed to be.
Recck closed out the CCC schedule all-conference in four events by winning the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, as well as being a part of Berlin‚Äôs first place 200 medley relay and second place 400 free relay.
He then went on to show just as well in the Class M meet.
Recck finished fourth in the 100 freestyle with a personal best of time of 48.99. He also placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke while breaking the school record with a time of 1:00.91.
That allowed him to qualify for the State Open in the 100 freestyle, where he finished 15th with a time of 48.67 and the 100 breaststroke, where he finished 21st after clocking in 1:01.45.
Recck also lead of the 200 freestyle relay at Class M‚Äôs with personal best of 22.76, as it finished 19th with a time of 1:31.77 and set a new school record.
That level of success has also set the expectations quite high for Recck for next season both in and out of the pool.
‚ÄúNext year I would say my goals are to get All-State, which is top three,‚ÄĚ Recck said. ‚ÄúI also want to continue to drop time in both of my events. But I‚Äôd say swimming in college is one of my biggest goals overall, especially next year since I‚Äôll be a senior. I want to not only find a school that is right for me but that it has the right academics and find a school I can swim at.‚ÄĚ
Recck has set an example of hard work and putting his team's needs in front of his own and will look to close out next season on an even better note.
‚ÄúOverall, I would say the high school team has been nothing but a great atmosphere,‚ÄĚ Recck said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre great to have around me, they always push me to do my best especially at the end of the season. The culture that the coaches provide for the team really helps me and basically everyone else to do their best.‚ÄĚ
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org