A junior at Bishop Moore, Zachary Brewer is a passionate swimmer who has put in the work to become one of the top long-distance swimmers in the area. Although he still has another year left in school, Brewer hopes to go on and swim collegiately and professionally.
When did you start swimming?
About 11 years ago, my parents put me in swim lessons, and I’d go every day for about two weeks. My swim instructor at the end of the two weeks recommended that I do club.
What has been your favorite thing about swimming at Bishop Moore?
Mostly my teammates — we all have a good time. I love the coaches, and it’s so much fun.
Have you played any other sports?
I use to play basketball a little bit, but my coaches told me to pick one, so I picked swimming.
Do you have a favorite event?
My favorite is a 50 free, which is opposite of what I swim, because it’s nice and short, but distance keep me going — gives me time to think and give it all I got.
Is there one highlight moment from your swimming career at Bishop Moore that stands out?
Last year at states I qualified for the 200 free and 500 free, and also I was part of the 200 freestyle relay, and we competed at states and got to swim prelims and finals.
What has been the biggest difficulty going from club to high-school swimming?
Mostly just the training, but we’ve worked it out with Bishop Moore. Some days, I’ll come here and swim with Coach Jenn, and some days, I’ll do club practice.
Is swimming something you’d like to do after you graduate?
Ever since I started, I set my goals high — I’ve always wanted to swim in college at a top-tier school, so hopefully I can continue to that.
When you’re not swimming, what do you like doing in your spare time?
I use to play basketball, and I enjoy that a lot. So over the weekends some times or during the week — if I have time — I’ll play basketball with my dad or my brother.