Name: David Stewart
School: New Rochelle High School
Athletic accomplishment: Stewart currently ranks first in Section 1 in the 100 butterfly, fifth in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 200 freestyle. He has won all but one individual race so far this season. He is also a member of the Badger Swim Club, a USA Swimming Level IV club.
Academic accomplishment: Stewart carries an 89.8 unweighted GPA, is in the top five percentile of his class and scored a 29 on the ACT.
Getting to know
The Journal News: How did you get into swimming?
David Stewart: During elementary school, my mother used to to take me to the New Rochelle YMCA after school and participate in family swims. One day, I ventured off into the deep end, I found myself passively drown. Not actively drown, but I found it difficult to stay afloat, and the lifeguard pulled me out. From that moment, my mom thought it would be best to enter me in the swim lessons there. I ended up progressing there and joining the swim team.
TJN: When did you realize that you were very talented at swimming?
DS: When I was 12 years old. My swimming times started improving drastically. I won the YMCA States in the 50-yard butterfly, and I also qualified for a zone regional meet. My parents thought it was best to switch me over to the Badger Swim Club, which has produced five Olympians in the past, so they could hone my abilities.
TJN: You taught at the New Rochelle Summer S.H.A.P.E Academy, what was that like?
DS: When the kids came to the pool for the swimming part of the camp, I and a couple other people would teach them how to swim. I taught a group of kids who knew how to swim, but weren’t very good at it. Within four weeks, (they went from) not being able to swim five yards to being able to do all four strokes. It felt good, it gave me optimism.
TJN: You are committed to Notre Dame, what do you plan to study there?
DS: I’m leaning towards biology with a pre-med track, but I’m still undecided. I’m very interested in exercise and the science of how different types of training affect the body. I like researching and studying things about how runners, swimmers and football players should train. I like it because they all train differently.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.