WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Swimming has been apart of Colby Hurt's life since she was just 3 years old. The senior from Lafayette High School has been in love with the sport ever since. By the time she was 14, Hurt was starting to beat older swimmers. These days she comes into the season as the reigning Class 4 state title holder in the 200 yard intermediate and 100 yard breast stroke champion.
Hurt also swims for a club team, but gets more joy in the pool with Ram teammates. "With Lafayette swimming you go to the state meets or even the dual meets and it's all about the team", she says. "You're doing everything for your team".
Her head coach, Harold Baker says the experience of swimming in public school competition gives her an added boost compared to club competition. "You really can't duplicate getting in front of all your friends and your parents where as once a week they have to get up and go in front of everyone. It's a way for them to share it with their buddies."
Hurt will try and compete in the U.S. Olympic swim trials later this year and will then head off to swim at Auburn University. She's taking everything in with the time she has left in high school. "I can't do it myself. We need every person on the team to play their part so it's just important to keep everyone motivated."