The Olympia girls swim team scored a 181-129 win Sept. 23 in a meet against Winter Park. Helping to lead the way that day was senior swimmer Blake Broullire, who won the 200- and 500-meter freestyle races for the Titans (3-0). In 2014, as a junior, Broullire advanced to state as a member of the relay team and individually in the 100-yard breast stroke.
Beating Winter Park’s swim program is no small feat — was the team pumped for the meet?
Definitely, Winter Park was going to be competition for us, so I was really excited for the meet. The team just came together, and we were like, “We can do this.”
How has the team performed so far this season compared with your expectations?
We’ve actually done really well. We’re undefeated right now. We’re just hoping to keep our streak going and head for championships.
Have you swum for Olympia all four years?
This is actually my second year. I swam for Dr. Phillips my freshman year and then sophomore year, I was home-schooled so I didn’t swim (varsity).
What’s it like going from one side of the rivalry between Dr. Phillips and Olympia to the other?
It’s kind of intense, but they’re really nice, and it’s just been friendly competition.
For what club organization do you swim?
My club team is Highlander Aquatics. It’s downtown at Lake Highland Prep.
What’s your favorite event?
My main event is the 100-meter breaststroke — that’s what I’m hoping to make states in.
What would it mean to you to return to states this fall?
It would mean a lot to make states again this year, especially being my senior year. My hope is to place in the top eight this year. I’m really excited for it.
Are you looking to swim in college? If so, what are some important things for you as you navigate the recruiting process?
I definitely do want to swim in college. I’ve been on a few recruiting trips already, so I’m just excited to see where I end up. … I like to see if I’m a good fit with the team and coach-wise, I like to be able to mesh well with the coach. That’s really important to me.
How far back does your swimming career go?
I started swimming competitively, on a team, at (age) 5.
Have you dabbled in other sports along the way?
I tried gymnastics for about a year and a half. I tried to do swim at the same time, and it was just too much. I just liked swim better, so I just stuck with that.
What’s your favorite sport at Olympia to go support?
I have a lot of friends on the lacrosse team, and I know they’re pretty good this year.
When you’re not busy with school or swim, what else do you like to do with your down time?
I definitely like to try my best to volunteer. I like to volunteer at an animal shelter. I love animals, so I’m very interested in that.
What are you hoping to study in college?
I’m a toss-up between biology and nursing. That’s another thing I want to look for in a college — just to see what programs they have to offer and what’s going to be the best fit for me.
What’s a show you’ve recently watched a lot of?
My show would probably be “Say Yes to the Dress” — I know it’s kind of weird but I love wedding shows so that’s just something I like to watch.
Has there or have there been any older teammates you have looked up to over the years?
There’s definitely people that I looked up to during my freshman year (at Dr. Phillips) when it was their senior year … some of them even won (at states), which was really inspiring to me.
What’s your dream car?
My dream car would probably be some kind of BMW — I like BMWs a lot.