Asheville School freshman Patrick Sleater (Asheville, N.C.) earned outstanding times at the North Carolina Swimming Premier Age Group Championship held in Cary, Feb. 14-17.
Sleater competed in seven individual events and four relays with his team, Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club (SMAC). He earned podium finishes in four events, earning times that place him among the top swimmers in his age group across the nation.
He won the state championship in the 1650 Free with a time of 16:04.13. His time in this event was the seventh fastest in the Boys 13 - 14 age group for this year across the nation and qualified him to swim in USA Swimming's 2019 Futures Championships.
"Sunday Night, Patrick Sleater brought down the house," wrote SMAC in a recap of the event on their website<https://spark.adobe.com/page/AOUxgWRT09wr3/?fbclid=IwAR0Lv7yjd9n8xma_TK9utpFcrqJFSWbZ9_ZGriARUhFNjAk8tVAGUkPIqcc>. "Seeded second in the 1650, at around the 1150 mark, Patrick made his move, swam away from the field, finished with a state championship, earned his first ever Futures cut, and narrowly beat our team record with a 16:04. That put his [time] currently as the seventh fastest 13-14-year-old miler in the U.S.!"
Sleater was runner-up in three events. He earned second place in the Boys 13-14 1000 Free with a time of 9:37.06, which scored him the 12th fastest time in his age group for this year in the U.S. He was also second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:09.40 and in the 500 Free with a time of 4:39.84.
This meet came just three days after Sleater helped the Blues earn their 2019 NCISAA Division II State Championship in Swimming. During the NCISAA meet, Sleater took home a state championship in the 400 Yard Free Relay, earned a silver medal in the 500 Yard Free and 200 Yard Free Relay, and earned a third-place finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.
Sleater says that his recent success inspires him to continue to work hard to drop his times.
"Swimming takes an enormous amount of time and dedication, and it feels great when the effort pays off with success in the pool," he said. "In swimming, it is you against the clock. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. There are many levels of qualifying: states, sectionals, futures, junior nationals, Olympic time trials, etc. Every time you improve your time, you're closer to the next level. I enjoy working toward those goals, and that is why I love it."