Wolf motivated in senior season

Trevor Wolf

Trevor Wolf has plenty of motivation heading into the postseason. The Central senior swimmer had some bad luck last year at the worst possible time.

Wolf suffered from food poisoning the day before the Group 3A state finals, and didn’t get any sleep the night before the meet. Despite not feeling well, Wolf was able to compete in the 50-yard freestyle race, and finished ninth — one spot out of placing.

“It was very discouraging. It wasn’t fun but I went out and did the best I could — got ninth,” Wolf said. “But I’ll come back this year.”

Placing in the state meet in the 50 free is one of Wolf’s biggest goals for the postseason, and he is well on his way.

Wolf has already qualified for the state meet with a personal best time of 22.89 seconds. Wolf said he would like to get his time under 22 seconds before the season is over.

Last week, Wolf won the 50 free, the 100 free and was part of two winning relays (200 and 400 free) in the Shenandoah County meet. His stellar performance helped earn him The Northern Virginia Daily’s Male Athlete of the Week for Jan. 18-24.

“Trevor’s just been so consistent all year long,” Central coach Steve Shaffer said. “When God was handing out swimming talent he sure got his fair share, and has been a treat to work with over many years.”

Shaffer said that he could tell when he first saw Wolf swim as a 12-year old that he was going to be special. Wolf broke a school record in his very first meet for the Falcons.

He currently holds the school record in the 50, 100 and 200 free and is part of two record-holding relay teams (200, 400 free).

Wolf said he started swimming competitively when he was 9 with the Valley Swim Team Phoenix, which swim at Signal Knob Recreation Center. He said he stopped swimming for a while, but got back into it once he started swimming for Central. He said the best part about swimming is just seeing improvement.

“It’s not the most fun sport,” Wolf said. “Doing laps back and forth, it’s not the most enjoyable thing to do in the world, but when you see your time drop that’s one of the most satisfying things about the sport.”

Wolf has qualified for the state meet every year, and said that just being at the event is a thrill.

“It’s definitely awesome,” Wolf said. “It’s a really cool pool. The kids there, you just feed off of everybody else’s energy because they have the same mentality going into the races that they’re going to win, and you have to have that same mentality.”

Wolf said that the 50 free is his favorite event because it’s such a quick race.

“You have to really focus, it’s hard to, but you have to really focus on all of the little things that you can,” Wolf said. “So you have to focus on your streamline, your breath control. Usually in the 50 I don’t take any more than one breath for the entire 50. I have to focus on that and that’s really what it boils down to because you can only train so much for a 50.”

Wolf also has a good shot at qualifying in the state meet in the relay events. Wolf said he likes the 200 a little more than the 400, but in general he loves swimming in the relays.

“The relays are fun because usually swimming is a pretty individual thing,” Wolf said. “But with the relays you have other people with you, so it’s a lot more fun.”

The Falcons will be swimming in the Conference 28 meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling. Wolf won all of his events in the conference meet last year, and said he is hoping to do the same this weekend and to lead Central to the team title again as well.

The conference and regional meets will help prepare Wolf for the challenge of the state meet, which is on Feb. 19-21 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

Shaffer said Wolf still has some things to work on, but he thinks he can do very well at the state meet this year in the 50 freestyle.

“To swim the 50 successfully, you got to explode off the blocks. There’s not a moment’s hesitation in any part of the race,” Shaffer said. “That’s one of the final things we have to get working on. Just that explosive, that initial explosive blast off the blocks that will propel him. I still feel confident he’ll be absolutely in the top eight, and should be in the top three in the state. It’s just a matter of, in the 50, it’s 100ths of a second that will split the difference between a couple places.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com