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Clayton Lynn wins bronze at state
Clayton Lynn (right) stands atop the podium and celebrates after finishing third in the 100-meter breaststroke at the state swim meet in Austin.
AUSTIN -- After many years of hard work and sacrifice, Stockdale senior Clayton Lynn is cashing in. The talented swimmer qualified for the state meet in two different events, and eventually returned home with a bronze medal after finishing third in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Lynn, who began competitive swimming seven years ago as part of the Boys & Girls Club, competes in a variety of events with his club swim team, but had to choose just two events in which to swim in high school competition. He decided on the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter breaststroke, and then went on to qualify for the state meet in both events.
After racing hard in the state prelims, Lynn qualified for the finals in both events. He went on to finish seventh in the 200 I.M., and won a bronze medal with his third-place finish in the breaststroke. Lynn admits that the breaststroke is his favorite event, and said that particular stroke just comes naturally for him. After winning a bronze in Austin, he isn’t likely to change his mind about which event he enjoys the most.
This year marked the second time Lynn has earned a trip to the state meet. He participated last year as a junior, but didn’t find the success he was after.
“I was more relaxed this time,” he said of his 2013 appearance in the state meet. “I was more relaxed, yet excited. I felt like I was ready this time. I was just ready to swim.”
And ready he was.
Although ranked as the No. 8 swimmer coming out of the regionals, Lynn bettered his regional record time in the state meet by a full second, and leapfrogged several other swimmers from across the state en route to his third-place finish. When asked how pleased he was with his performance in the breaststroke, Lynn humbly stated that he was “very happy to finish third.”
So the obvious question becomes, Where does the swimmer go from here? And the answer might surprise a few.
While Lynn said he plans to continue swimming and competing with his club team throughout the summer, he isn’t likely to swim competitively in college. But he is fine with that.
Lynn said he plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall, and will study pre-med. He has always wanted to be a doctor, and is looking forward to pursuing that dream in Aggieland. While swimming at A&M is a possibility, Lynn knows the demands of school and athletics may be too much, and his dream of becoming a doctor must take priority. After all, the young man swam six to nine times a week in high school, and knows the schedule of a collegiate swimmer would be even more demanding.
It won’t be easy to give up something he has dedicated so much of his life to, but Lynn has made tough decisions in the past. He even mentioned giving up golf his senior year, and he did so to focus on his swimming. This young man certainly has a good head on his shoulders, and he isn’t afraid to reach for his goals.
Lynn doesn’t feel as though he has done anything on his own, though, and he was sure to thank his parents, Mike and Sandra, for always pushing him to “do more” and to be his best. He also thanked his swim coach, Don Walker, saying he has been a big part of his success, and added that he is just a “great person.”
So while his high school swimming career has come to an end, and his club competitions are soon to follow, there appears to still be plenty of greatness ahead of Clayton Lynn. With determination and dedication like his, success in whatever avenues he pursues in life is sure to follow.
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