Severns getting faster with age (Swimming)

October 15, 2010
Caleb Severns

In a sport like swimming, most people usually slow down with age.

Not Caleb Severns, though.

The 22-year-old from Fairbanks appears to be getting faster and faster, which is fabulous for him and the University of Denver.

“I’ve dropped time every single year,” he told me.

Severns, of Lathrop High fame, begins his senior season Saturday and he’s hopeful his best is yet to come.

The 6-foot-1 team captain excels in all four strokes, which helps him succeed in the 200 individual medley. But his bread and butter is the 200 backstroke.

“My 100 back hasn’t been my strongest even like it was back in high school,” he said. “It’s been my 200 back that I’ve dropped the most amount of time. I keep dropping.”

Dude is even defying technology.

Last year the NCAA banned the full-body swimsuits we saw at the Olympics. Yet Severns still improved his time, dropping a half-second of his 200 backstroke time (1:48.28).

“It changed the game a little bit, so to improve last year without the suit … it was good, knowing it was really me and not the technology,” he said.

Severns has always been a stud in the water, dating back to club days as a youth when he dominated the state meet. At Lathrop, he was a two-time high school All-American.

So it’s no surprise that he’s one of the few Alaskans still swimming at NCAA’s highest level.

“I think I might be the only guy from my grade swimming at the D1 level now,” he said.

When he was younger most of his buddies wanted to be Michael Jordan or Brett Farve.

Severns wanted to be the next Aaron Peirsol.

“I grew up wanting to swim at the D1 level and maybe make the Olympics, but my main goal was swimming in college” he said. “It’s been fun. I would do it again, for sure.”

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