O'Fallon Township High School swimmer Michael Meyer set a goal at the beginning of the season -- to swim a state-qualifying time. He did it.
Meyer qualified for state in the 100 backstroke.
"That is his personality, to achieve a goal and work as hard as it takes to achieve it," said OTHS coach Kim Eddy.
Meyer came into the IHSA state meet, held over the weekend at Evanston Township High School, with a seed time of 52.80. But in the preliminaries at state, he came in even faster, 52.73, to finish in 25th place out of 40 competitors.
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Though his time was not good enough to be included the final round of 12 swimmers, Meyer was just .86 seconds from making the cut.
"He is an exceptionally hard worker and very dedicated to the sport and his team," Eddy said.
This season, Meyer led the team in points scored and first-place finishes.
"Coach Kim and my teammates have pushed me to be my best," said the 16-year-old junior, the son of Julie and Gerald Meyer.
He was a part of the 400 freestyle relay team at the sectional meet that broke the existing school record. Meyer anchored that race with a 46.
"That was the fastest split in the pool that day," Eddy said.
He is also a leader on the team.
"He has a very positive outlook that helps motivate his team mates," Eddy said.
"Being in sports has taught me that, if you practice something and give it your full effort, you'll be at least semi-successful," Meyer said.
His coach thinks his future is much brighter than that.
"Next season, I only anticipate him to compete at an elite level again," Eddy said.