Swimming: WRC's Schoberg showing early success, encourages others to 'just have fun'

Swimming: WRC's Schoberg showing early success, encourages others to 'just have fun'
Westminster Riding Club's Luke Schoberg competes in the Boys 9-10 100 Meter Individual Medley during the 32nd Annual Carroll County Invitational swim meet at South Carroll Swim Club in Winfield Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Westminster Riding Club’s Luke Schoberg took last week’s Carroll County Invitational swim meet in stride as he came away with four victories at South Carroll Swim Club.

Luke, 10, an incoming fifth-grader at Friendship Valley Elementary School, won four of his five events at the annual meet — the 100-meter individual medley, 50 freestyle, 25 backstroke, and 25 butterfly.


He said he felt “pretty freaking good” after winning those events to qualify for Wednesday’s Straehle Invitational at Four Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead.

Luke also competed in the 25 breaststroke and placed second in that event.

“When I was little, I wasn’t the best swimmer,” Luke said. “I went to all the practices and eventually I just got better and better.”

Swimming didn’t spark Luke’s interest, he said, until he was about 6 years old. Friends of his were involved in the sport and he thought it would be fun to try. He started taking lessons and his improvement sparked him to ask his mother if he could join the Westminster Riding Club swim team.

Luke said he swims year-round and doesn’t ever tire from doing so. The sport is fun for him and he has made many friends along the way. Swimming in the summer is his personal favorite and he especially loves the Riding Club’s “Fun Fridays.”

The Seahorse team members participate in different activities around the pool that include “Blast Offs,” which Luke described as jumping into the pool from different distances.

“My coaches in winter swim pushed us a lot harder,” Luke said. “In outdoor swim, it’s more fun. They still push us, but in the winter they just work us a little harder.”

Luke swam to victory in the 25 fly in 18.65 seconds at the Carroll Invitational — it’s his favorite event because it’s quick and he likes to swim fast. He won the 100 IM — a race that includes one lap of each stroke — in 1:34.51.

Luke’s victory in the 50 free came in 36.53 seconds, and he said he wants to improve there because he’s “not the best at it.”

The camaraderie around swimming has been a contributing factor in Luke’s success. He said he was nervous to get involved at first, but his Seahorse coaches and teammates helped make him feel comfortable.

Meets, no matter how big or small in comparison, give him a similar level of comfort.

“I like to compete because on the other teams, there’s some people I know that I haven’t seen in a while,” Luke said. “I’ll go up to them and talk to them. I just like swimming.”

The Carroll Invitational gives swimmers the opportunity to prepare for the Straehle, a prestigious meet that features hundreds of talented youth swimmers from all over Maryland. Carroll County will have representation from multiple swim clubs, including Carroll Aquatics, Freedom Swim Club, North Carroll, Nottingham, South Carroll, Westminster Riding Club, and Westminster Stingrays.

Luke has been swimming for four years and doesn’t plan to stop anytime in the near future. He encourages others to get involved, too.


“Go to all the practices so you can get used to the coaches and all the people there,” he said. “Just have fun.”