High school swimming: Alex Downing and the Avon girls out to make this a special season

Paul Heyse
The Chronicle-Telegram

Alex Downing had a phenomenal run to close last season and she has no intention of letting up.

The junior led Avon to the state meet where she added three Division I All-Ohio finishes (top 16) to her resume, giving her six for her career. She and the Eagles are hard at work to do even better this season.

“Training has been pretty hard definitely compared to last year,” Downing said. “We’ve started doing a lot harder sets. It’s been hard but it’s been good and just having the whole team there has been really fun. It’s been a good environment so far and I’m excited to keep training hard. I think this year could be a very special year.”

Third-year coach Adam Crabtree agrees. He also knows Downing is a big reason why it could be special.

“Alex really anchors our team,” he said. “She was an All-American last year in the 100 back and just missed it in the 100 fly. To see the work she puts in to get the most out of her talent is what makes her special. Most swimmers on Alex’s level are above 5-8 tall. Alex is 5-2. Like most sports, that height matters in swimming. Alex is so strong underwater and does so well maximizing her efficiency above it. That tireless work ethic not only let’s her compete but has pushed her toward the peak of high school swimming.”

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