Eric Liu ’19 started swimming after an unfortunate water polo accident that left him with a broken shoulder. Due to the similarity of the two sports, he decided that swimming would be the better option for him. That was three years ago, and since then, Liu has fallen in love with the sport.“I swim every day. It’s part of my life now,” Liu said.
Liu has one thing on his mind before competing in a particularly tough meet: “It’s for the team.” Instead of feeling discouraged after losing to West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South at the start of the season, he used it as encouragement to beat other teams in the future.
“We have a really good team and great captains,” Liu said. “There is no doubt that they will have a great season ahead.”
Liu has set goals for himself and the rest of the team for the season.
“We want to go to states this year,” Liu said. “We have to beat a lot of teams that are better than us. It’s really tough.” However, he is ready for the challenge, and will do whatever is necessary to reach this goal.
Liu’s hard work does not go unnoticed. Head Coach Carly Misiewicz is impressed by Liu’s progress since his first year on the team.
“Eric is a really talented swimmer. [He] definitely stands out because he knows when and where to be serious. Eric is just a goofball,” Misiewicz said. “[But he’s] someone you can tell to ‘work on this’ or ‘fix this’ and he soaks everything up like a sponge.”
In addition to motivating himself, he always encourages his teammates as well.
“He’s someone who tries to round everybody up, makes sure nobody is sitting down, and that they’re all involved in the meet together,” Misiewicz said. “He’s finding his place on the team. He wasn’t falling behind the scenes as a freshman, and now he’s standing out even more as a sophomore.”