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August 13, 2013

Older swimmers don’t worry Ethan Young

15-year-old Dalton High swimmer a veteran in water

At 15 years old, Dalton’s Ethan Young already has the experience of traveling around the country to compete in three national-level meets.

He made the third trip his best one yet.

The Dalton High School sophomore spent part of last week in Irvine, Calif., at the USA Swimming Speedo Summer Junior National Championships. While representing the Car-pet Capital Aquatics Club (CCAC) Makos, he went against other 18-and-younger swimmers from around the nation in the 100-meter backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

His best performances came in the two backstroke events — where he qualified for the finals and 2016 Summer Olympics Trials in each, and earned a medal for a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a final swim of 57.61 seconds. In the 200 backstroke, he finished 24th with a final swim of 2:06.38.

Young was the youngest swimmer in the 100 backstroke “A” final for the fastest swimmers but said he wasn’t nervous about going against older, more experienced opponents.

“Not at all,” Young said. “I was more pumped and excited than anything. I think the time to get nervous would be in the preliminary round because you have to make that final heat.”

He also avoided anxiety because of his previous national-level experience. At last summer’s junior national championships in Indianapolis, Young finished 22nd in the 200 backstroke. He also competed in the 100 backstroke, but did not make the finals, whereas fellow CCAC swimmer Taylor Dale — a 2013 Dalton High School graduate who will begin his college swimming career at Georgia this school year — won the 100 backstroke championship with a time of 55.98 seconds.

Young also competed in last December’s winter junior national championships in Knoxville, Tenn. He finished 16th in the 100-yard backstroke (50.10) but didn’t qualify for the finals after swimming the preliminaries in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke.

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