Sydney King just keeps raising the bar, and the Granville swimmer wouldn’t want it any other way.
King, a junior, is a three-time state champion. As a freshman, she won an individual state title in the 500 freestyle and was second in the 200 free in the Division II state meet. She also competed on two relay teams to help the Blue Aces to state runner-up finish.
As a sophomore, King helped guide Granville to a third-place finish at the state, including anchoring the 200 free relay to a first-place finish. Individually, she placed second in the 200 and 500 free, and was on the 200 medley relay that came in second.
King had another dominating season this year, winning another state title and helped the Blue Aces to a fourth-place finish at the state meet.
“Everyone is under the same pressure to succeed, but it helps when you have experience under your belt,” King said. “You feel pressure to get back to what you accomplished before. I have high expectations of myself, and I think all of my coaches have high expectations for me, so there is pressure to that extent. But once you are in the moment, it’s not as bad as the days leading up to it.”
King once again was the overwhelming choice as The Advocate’s Girls Swimmer of the Year for the third consecutive year.
“She is just a great competitor that hates to lose,” Granville coach Kevin Yates said. “She trains really hard and knows what it takes to be successful.”
King anchored the 200 medley relay to a first-place finish at the state meet in February. In the process, the Blue Aces broke a state record by more than a second.
Individually, King led the way by finishing third in the 200 and 500 free.
“It wasn’t where I wanted to be, and I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I wasn’t as thrilled as I could have been,” King said. “I guess all the little things built up, and at the end of the season, I realized there were things that I could have done to be more successful. That was the disappointing part of it.”
King dominated at the Mid-State League meet with four first-place finishes — two individual and two relay — for the third consecutive year. She was named the MSL swimmer of the year for the third time.
She had four first-places finishes in the sectional and district meets, helping the Blue Aces to titles in those events, too.
“I did change things, but I guess my changes need to be bigger for next year so I can be back up where I was and take it to another level,” King said. “I am doing a new dry-land program and working on my turns and kicking under water.”
Ever the competitor, King — who trains year round — is excited for her upcoming senior season, and wants nothing more than to go out with a bang.
“I’m really excited for (my) senior year because I will get to be the leader, and we are all excited,” King said. “The fact that we have had so much success, is just adding fuel to the fire to add to that success. We are all competitive, and the coaches do a good job of pushing me and the rest of the team.”
“We have a really strong class. We didn’t necessarily place as high as a team as we would have liked, but we have our goals set really high for next year.”