It may not be easy to be the only person competitive swimming for Grundy County High School, but Alexa Fults makes it look easy with her continued success. Fults competed at the state swimming championships February 13 and 14 and placed sixth in the 200 meter freestyle and third in the 100 meter event. The sophomore made those finishes against a total of 84 girls in the 200 and 98 in the 100.
“I threw up before and after the 200 and I think that’s why I didn’t do as well. I was nervous and was choked up from allergies. I got third in the 100 last year so I didn’t lose any ground,” said Alexa.
She was somewhat surprised with the good finish at the state since she didn’t have as good of a season as she would have liked this year.
“It was incredible. I’ve had a terrible season. I’ve missed more practices than I have in years due to sicknesses. I had three consecutive staph infections and my coach didn’t even think I was going to qualify for state. Neither did I. But at the very last meet prior to the state meet I made the cuts I need to go to the state. The whole thing was insane. I didn’t necessarily improve this year but I didn’t lose any ground even when I was expected to. Getting 3rd last year and 3rd this year, I’m very pleased with that,” said Fults
Alexa trains year round with two hour or more practices Monday through Saturdays. She sees the water often on Sunday’s as well.
“We also do dryland workouts before swimming which is much like running. There’s also stretching, squats, weights and things like that. I try to workout before school most days during the winter season as well,” added the swimmer.
Alexa credits her parents, grandparents and coach as helping fund and support Grundy’s one person swimming team. She’s a part of a USA team out of Manchester where she trains with youth from other schools.
“Coach’s policy for adding athletes to the GCHS team is if they want to join the USA team and train in Manchester they are welcome to come. It’s not an easy sport to get into unless you start young,” said Fults.
The group had five high school meets during the season as well as a few USA meets where they could make a high school cut to advance to state.
Alexa Fults has helped put Grundy County on the map in another sport. Hopefully more will join her to represent the Yellow Jackets in the water.