VANDALIA — When he was 13, Ian Barrett decided to “test the waters” of swimming. Now the senior is leading a Butler High School swim team that is on track to win its 12th consecutive GWOC North title. And Barrett is hoping to head back to Columbus for the Division I State Championships.
Coach Greg Bergman says he’s seen Barrett mature since he began coaching him in seventh grade.
“He is a leader that everyone respects. He has become a go-getter. He used to be rather timid as a middle schooler,” Bergman said.
Barrett accepts the responsibilities that come with being a team leader, describing himself as a “role model.”
“I often help other swimmers on the team to their events and with improving their strokes and attitudes,” Barrett said.
Barrett swims a variety of events from the short and fast 50 freestyle sprint to the grueling 500 freestyle endurance event. His personal best for the 50 is 24.3 seconds. Coach Bergman says Barrett’s strength is the endurance events including the 500 free and 200 IM.
After high school, Barrett plans to attend Purdue University, studying material science and engineering. As for swimming?
“I plan to do recreational swimming for the rest of my life because of the love I have for the activity,” Barrett said.