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EDH boy making a name for himself in the pool

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Evan McCormick is only 11 years old, but he’s already making a name for himself in the swimming world.

The fifth-grader at Lakeview Elementary School in El Dorado Hills is at the beginning of his second season in the USA Swimming circuit. If this year goes anything like last year, he once again will be one of the top swimmers in the country.

Last year as a 10-year old, McCormick had a phenomenal year, as his list of accomplishments is long. During the short-course season, McCormick set seven Sierra Nevada swim records and added two more during the long-course season. In April, McCormick was the second-highest point scorer at short course Far Westerns, considered the biggest age-group swim meet in the country for 14-and-under swimmers. McCormick won the 50- and 100-yard breast stroke; placed second in the 100- and 200-yard individual medley, as well as the 50-yard backstroke, and took third in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 50-yard butterfly.

At the long-course Far Westerns in August, McCormick did one better by being the high-point scorer, winning the 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke, while also earning four second-place finishes and one sixth-place finish.

McCormick finished the season ranked in the top-10 nationally in seven short-course events and four long-course events. His USA Swimming IMX ranking, which allows swimmers across the nation to compare themselves against others in their age group, placed him second nationally in his age group.

“Evan’s accomplishments are beyond what I’ve ever seen,” said Tim McCormick, Evan’s dad and coach. “Being the high-point scorer at Far Westerns long course and runner-up in short-course is phenomenal for his first-year. He’s very talented and he’s got a swimmer’s build with a skinny, long and lean body. He also works hard in the pool. The efficiency in his technique is very good and is what sets him apart from others.”

McCormick is 5 feet tall and weighs 83 pounds. He’s been swimming since he was 4 and loves every minute of his time in the pool, of which he spends between an hour or two every day honing his craft.

“Sometimes I have a day off,” McCormick said, “but usually I’m in the pool every day. “Swimming is good for you and keeps you healthy. It’s fun too.”

McCormick, who also plays basketball and runs cross country, was good soon after first getting in the pool as a 4-year-old. At the end of his first season in the Suburban Swim League, then swimming with the Folsom Sea Otters, McCormick finished in the top-10 in the 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke while competing against 6-year olds. Since then he’s continued to improve. His performance last season was not a surprise to him.

“I have pretty high expectations so I’m happy with what I accomplished last year,” said McCormick, who said his favorite event is the 100 breast stroke because it’s not easy and takes good technique to be good at it. “Winning the 100 breast stroke at Far Westerns (short course) was my biggest accomplishment. It was a really good race.”
What does he plan to do for an encore? McCormick said he hopes to reach the finals of all his events at Far Westerns (short course) and try to win one. As for future goals down the road?

“I’d like to make the Olympics, or at least the Olympic trials,” McCormick said.