There’s a certain amount of pressure that comes with swimming for a perennial powerhouse, especially one like Bishop Hendricken. Heading into this season, the Hawks’ swimming program had won 22 consecutive state championships.
Like a lot of his teammates, Alex Powers didn’t mind the pressure.
“There's a lot of pressure to make sure we keep winning,” Powers said. “It's always a personal goal to improve your times, and then you help all the younger swimmers improve their times too, and it just works out great.”
And it really worked out great for Powers.
The senior led the Hawks to their 23rd state title in a row by winning two individual events and swimming on two championship relay teams.
“Our season was great, and our team did really well as a whole,” Powers said. “We had really outstanding swims throughout the season and at states. Everybody helped us win. It was a great feeling.”
This Hendricken team didn’t have as much as depth as some of its predecessors. Their star swimmers like Powers and fellow senior Andrew Robinson had to come up big.
“These kids did more with less than any other team I’ve had,” said head coach Dave Hanson. “They got as much out of themselves as they possibly could.”
Powers swam on the 200-yard medley relay team and the 400-yard freestyle team, which both won championships. He also shined in his individual races. He took first in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
“It felt amazing,” Powers said. “I knew going into it that I was going to have some pretty good competition. Personally, I love that feeling of competition and the thrill of the race. It was a great feeling.”
The title capped a great high school career for Powers, who was a mainstay for the Hawks every step of the way.
Powers will keep swimming at the next level. He’s heading to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering. He also plans to swim and is hoping for more success.
“I'm hoping to set some team records and help the team win some big races,” he said.