Local swimmer Mount preparing for transition to college

Local swimmer Mount preparing for transition to college


Local swimmer Mount preparing for transition to college


Steffen Mount began his Saturday like any other.

The Washington High School senior allowed himself the luxury of an extra hour of sleep before rising at 5:45 a.m., still a solid hour before sunrise.

“Usually, for practice, I wake up at 4,” Mount said. “That’s not the best, but I get used to it. Everyone’s like ‘Oh my gosh,’ but you get used to it.

“When you have a goal, it’s not that bad.”

Mount, one of the state’s top prep swimmers, knows all about attaining goals — winning two state championships in his senior year and is currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida on collegewimming.com.

This weekend, he has been competing in the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club Winter Invitational, hosted by the University of West Florida.

The major swim meet is one of the few Mount will take part in before heading to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he will continue his career.

“I’ve been on GPAC since my freshman year,” Mount said. “My junior year I decided to get serious. Mentally, just seeing my times drop, it really motivated me to take it to the next level.”

The change has been obvious.

“He’s from a military family,” GPAC coach Phil Krause said. “He was training in Hawaii and Japan, but nothing as rigorous as this club.

“He’s gone from not doing very much in Japan, coming here and doing more and then buying in and (progressing) which is even more.”

Krause, the longtime coach, has seen his athlete transform over the years into the competitor he is now.

“It has just taken him awhile to grow his body,” Krause said. “You can see pictures of him as a freshmen to where he is now. He’s gotten tall, but he has also gotten real strong. He’s real lean.

“I think he can still go faster. He has improved from where he was in the fall and it’s kind of scary to think where he could go and how much faster he could go.”

While college will soon beckon, for now, Mount has his attention on the remaining GPAC schedule and time spent with his teammates.

“We have a few more (GPAC) meets before I head off to college,” Mount said. “It’s really fun getting to swim with all these people one last time.

“It’s really sad, but it’s fun. It will be bittersweet leaving.”

The Mount File

NAME: Steffan Mount.

AGE: 17.

HIGH SCHOOL: Washington.

COLLEGE: Committed to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

NOTEWORTHY: Mount, the Pensacola News Journal Boy Swimmer of the Year in 2014, is currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida on collegewimming.com after a breakout senior season. Mount also claimed state titles in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly with All-American Automatic times of 1:37.65 and 49.16, respectively. According to gpacswimteam.org, “Among all of the 17-year-olds in the nation, Mount currently ranks third in the 100-yard butterfly, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, fifth in the 100-yard free and sixth in the 200-yard free.”


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