Dobyns-Bennett senior swimmer Clay Evans is in the midst of his final season in the pool for the Indians. He has high hopes for what he and his teammates will accomplish this year.
“With so many seniors we have a very experienced team,” Evans said. “Of course, we still have to deal with Science Hill. They are always so strong.
"But when you compete against them, it inspires you. You see where you want to be and that pushes you harder.”
Evans specializes in distance events, swimming mostly the 200 and 400 freestyle.
Over the Christmas holidays, Evans and his teammates will get a big dose of distance swimming during practice.
“We’re in the water in the morning and afternoon,” Evans said. “We’ll swim between 6,000 and 10,000 meters a day.”
That’s a lot of time staring at that black line on the bottom of the pool.
“You know, it really isn’t that bad,” Evans said, smiling. “It does give you time to think about a lot of things. I just zone out and keep swimming.”
Evans spoke with Times-News Executive Editor Pat Kenney during the East Tennessee Swim Classic. Here are his answers to some questions he might ponder while spending all that time in the pool:
Who is your favorite athlete?
What is your favorite movie?
“Inception.” It’s a movie about dreams and I like to see the more deeper meaning of things. That movie really made me think.
What is your best athletic memory?
Just being at the state meet last year with all my teammates.
What is your worst athletic memory?
Having a bad swim. It always seems to happen at exactly the wrong time.
In a movie made about your life, who would play you?
If you hosted a dinner party and could invite any three people, who would they be?
Jesus, Michael Phelps and my brother. That would be an interesting group.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Teleporting. It’s the best superpower, can’t be beaten.
Do you have any superstitions?
A lot of it is about what I eat before a meet. I don’t like to eat much prior to swimming, but afterwards I really eat a lot.
Do you have a nickname?
What advice do you have for the younger swimmers just starting out?
Work hard. A lot of people are afraid of working hard, but if you do put in the time and effort it really does pay off.