Backstroking to a Record
By Beyonce Janvier
In high school, most students can only dream of breaking a school record, and if this feat is achieved, it typically happens around junior or senior year. But for Tyler Tran, Stoughton High School's very own Michael Phelps, breaking the 100 yard backstroke school record as a freshman is just another day’s work. No biggie.
On December 18, Tran and the SHS swim team entered Randolph High School for their first meet. “I was extremely nervous,” Tran said. “I mean, it was my first meet. But at the end of the day I was just hoping to give it my all.”
The previous record for the 100 meters backstroke was held by Chris Pierce, with a time of 1 minute and 17 seconds. Tyler managed to break the record by 1 minute and 13 seconds.
Gianna Hardy, freshman and fellow teammate describes Tran as, “Focused. The minute his event is about to begin, his head is in the game. He strived for what he wanted until he got it.”
It does take a certain type of determination and focus to achieve such a task.
“In school, I practice from 3:15 - 5:15, and if I have extra time I spend an hour to two hours practicing...swimming is just such a passion of mine; I’m basically the soon coming Michael Phelps,” he said.
Tran has been swimming since he was a little kid, “maybe 6 or 7,” he describes, just as the famous Phelps started when he was 7 years old.
“Michael is definitely a swimmer I admire. It’s a basic one but still. Ryan Lochte...well he moved down after that stunt he pulled, and Katie Ledecky is a good one also,” Tran replied when asked about any famous swimmers he looks up to.
“Tyler is honestly iconic; he’s a freshman and he broke the school record. I think that says a lot about him as swimmer and him as a person, determination wise,” Tran’s friend Clayton Rahaman said. “So yeah, if he wants to be the next upcoming Phelps, I have no doubt he’ll be.”
So what is it like breaking a record?
“I don’t know how else to describe it besides the fact that I felt great, when I saw my time, I just felt great. So, I hope that one day I’ll be able to break at least one more: the 200 freestyle, because I want that feeling again,” said Tran.