Jeffrey Williamson had strong a sophomore, placing second at the state championship in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle for public high schools. A state title is what motivated the Victor swimmer over the offseason.
Williamson reached his goal as a junior, winning a state championship in the 500 for public high schools. That’s why Williamson is the Daily Messenger’s 2011-12 Boys Swimmer of the Year.
“It felt pretty sweet,” Williamson said of the state championship. “I liked it because when you work as long as you do, it’s nice to get the reward from it and winning states is a nice reward.”
The son of Pam and Bruce Williamson is in the pool swimming nine times a week for up to 20 hours total. Williamson said his desire to be the best is what wakes him up early every morning wanting to get in the water. Along with the work in the pool, Williamson focused on training mentally and improving his nutrition.
Victor came up short of a Section 5 Class B team championship, as Brighton held them off by nine points. However, Williamson had a big day. He swam on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:39.79) with Brian Shanahan, Aaron Natarelli and Ben Chappell; won the 50 freestyle by a second (21.41); won the 100 freestyle by over three seconds (46.25), setting a Class B meet record; and was on the winning 400 freestyle relay team with Chappell and Brian and Luke Shanahan (3:16.67), setting another Class B record.
“All four of us were dedicated throughout the season,” Williamson said of the 400 freestyle relay team. “We had good chemistry, we all had something to go for in the last relay. We hadn’t made states yet. We wanted to end that meet with a statement and I think we did.”
At the state meet, Williamson won the 500 freestyle (4:32.97) and took second in the 200 freestyle (1:40). Victor’s 400 freestyle relay finished eighth (3:16.58) and the 200 medley relay finished 19th (1:40.66).
Williamson has one more season of swimming at Victor ahead of him. He wants to swim for a Big 10 or Atlantic Coast Conference college program while studying exercise science or history.