Passion for swimming pushes Saunderson [North Laurel/Savage]

Howard County Times

Michael Phelps, watch out!

There is another incredibly successful swimmer in town and he’s right here in our neighborhood.

Jack Saunderson is preparing for his senior season at Towson University as a captain of the Swimming and Diving team. He is excited to be a motivator for his teammates and envisions that this year’s swimmers and divers will be the best they’ve ever been in the team’s history.

Recently swimming in the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championship, Saunderson swam a 51.48 in the 100-meter butterfly event which makes him among the top five swimmers in this event in the world, very impressive!

The 2019 season will be filled with important meets, but he will start the season with the annual alumni meet held at Towson University. Saunderson describes this as “a very important event that builds relationships with current swimmers and graduated alumni, collecting donations to better the Towson Swimming and Diving organization.”

I asked him about his favorite stroke and he told me that his best stroke is butterfly and while he might consider it his favorite, he also says he has a “passion for the sport of swimming and all the strokes incorporated.”

This talented swimmer also says he loves “the aspect of the sport where I can learn and improve in every stroke everyday, not just butterfly. Getting a best time in other events are just as satisfying and accomplishing as getting a best time in my best event like the 100 butterfly.” I love the sport of swimming and my ‘favorite’ part is putting my best foot forward in every race I compete in.”

Out of the pool, he appreciates spending time with his family and friends and enjoys outdoor activities like kayaking and fishing.

Saunderson acknowledges that his swimming success is partially due to his desire to pursue other interests as well and his well-rounded disposition. This may help him get to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. but that will all work itself out.

For right now, Saunderson is focused on his final season at Towson, which he expects will be the highlight of his swimming career so far. He says, “I want to make the best of it and I don’t want to put unnecessary stress that may affect my performance of my final year at Towson that I value so much”.

Two local events will occur in the next few weeks that you will want to add to your calendar.

On Friday, Sept. 7, is the Back-to-School Luau at the North Laurel Community Center featuring a live, interactive hula performance and dinner. Grab your Hawaiian shirts and be ready to celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new school year from 5:30 until 7 p.m. All ages are welcome, so preregister online at activecommunities.com or call 410-313-0390. Cost is $15 for members who are 12 and over or $17 for nonmembers 12 and over. Children 12 and under will be $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

The Southern Howard County Civic Association’s Fall Fling will take place at High Ridge Park on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. The address is 10100 Superior Ave. in North Laurel. Donations are being provided by Weis, Tubby’s Diner, Dominoes, 7-11 and Kake Korner, so it promises to be entertaining with delicious food.

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