Sherando’s Linaburg motivated for senior season

Jeremy Linaburg

STEPHENS CITY – Jeremy Linaburg seemed to be in control as he was entering the last 25 meters of the 100-meter breaststroke in regionals last year. Then one bad turn turned his hopes of qualifying for states upside down.

The Sherando swimmer would finish eighth and miss qualifying for the state tournament by two spots.

“I missed a turn on the wall, and I knew it was downhill from there. I was leading the race in the beginning,” Linaburg said. “I was in front on my first 75 (meters), and I was coming back for the finish and missed the turn and that blew it for the rest of it. It’s all about learning. You got to win some and lose some.”

Now a senior, Linaburg said that loss has motivated him for the upcoming season.

“It’s all about repetition,” Linaburg said. “I’m coming back this year with a new attitude, working really hard. I’m putting everything I have into it.”

Linaburg doesn’t want to just go to states individually he wants to see the whole team go.

He said a big goal is for the team to qualify in all three relays. Last year he was part of the 200 medley relay team that missed qualifying for the state meet by a half second.

Linaburg said he started swimming competitively in his freshman year at Sherando, and he’s progressively gotten better each season.

After his freshman season he began swimming with the Sherando summer team.

He said he also swims with a club team – Valley Swim Team Phoenix.

“We have two hour practices, so it is a lot of swimming, a lot of conditioning,” Linaburg said. “You learn so much. The coaches are always there for you. They’re pushing you. It’s not only the coaches, but you have other kids in there that are working their butts off. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

Linaburg said he loves swimming and never gets tired of it. He said he’s in the pool as much as possible.

He has also been a strong leader for the Warriors. He was team captain last year and again this year.

“As a captain I’m working really hard toward getting our team together, being a family,” Linaburg said. “That’s what I hope for the team. … This year I really want to focus on not only me being a leader and being there for them, helping them, being there for them when they need rides that kind of stuff, but also to be there as a friend if you need somebody.”

Sherando coach Joe Knight said Linaburg’s leadership abilities are a huge plus for him and the rest of the team.

“He was instrumental in forming and developing swim clinics for a lot of our new swimmers new to high school swimming,” Knight said. “… They would conduct informal clinics for anyone who wanted to show up and showed an interest in the sport of swimming. So that helped us a lot to get prepared for the opening week and making that transition to regular practice sessions.”

Knight said Linaburg also helped keep his teammates interested in offseason workouts and led the preseason conditioning that started in September. Knight said Linaburg also helped spearhead setting up a booth on freshman orientation to welcome in the freshmen and try to recruit new kids to the program.

Linaburg said he knows he will have some very tough competition this year in the 100-meter breaststroke and he’s looking forward to it.

He also swam the 200 IM last year and said he wants to keep improving in that as well. Linaburg said he plans to swim in college but hasn’t decided which school he will attend yet.

Linaburg said in his senior season he just wants the team to do as well as possible.

“Our boys team, I’m positive we can go undefeated in the district,” Linaburg said. “… We have such a great team. Everyone is working so hard. I don’t see why we can’t be conference champions.”

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