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Athlete of the Week: SPASH’s Drew Harris

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Entering the final Wisconsin Valley Conference meet of his high school career, SPASH's Drew Harris had one final opportunity to cement his legacy in the WVC.

"Just looking around seeing all my friends and family that came out to see me swim and watch that meet was really special," said Harris.

In front of his friends and family, Harris went out and put on a show.

First, he broke the conference's 200 yard individual medley record clocking in at 1:57.66, nearly three seconds better than the previous record of 2:00.07.

Harris would also place first in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:51.93, as well as lead his team to victories in both the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.

But perhaps the biggest moment of Harris' night came after the swimming, when he was named WVC swimmer of the year.

"I'm just really happy he won," said Harris' head coach Courtney McMurrain. "He deserves it and I think he's earned it, and obviously the other coaches in the conference agree with me."

But success isn't exclusive to Drew, it runs in the Harris family.

As he grew up, Drew watched his brothers as they swam their way into the record books.

"(I was watching) Ever since I was four-years old," said Harris.

"Just being able to see them break records and see them get so close to so many of those times. Then for me to be able to take over and to follow in their footsteps and to be able to take on some of those times they were never able to... it's just really special."

And while it's always in a brother's nature to compete, it's also in his nature to be proud of his younger sibling.

"Now that they're both retired," said Harris. "They're both more open about it and really proud of me. So texting them after the meet was really special. They were just telling me how proud they are of me. It was really cool."

Alex Stewart

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