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DPS Office of Athletics
Southwestern High’s James Nagy joined the swim team to stay busy, never thinking he’d be named the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“I realized I was doing pretty well, but this is an honor,” said Nagy, a 5-11, 160-pound senior. “It makes you feel good.”
With the PSL swim preliminaries (Feb. 7-8) and championship meet (Feb. 10) approaching, Nagy looks to be one of the top competitors in Division II after winning the 200 individual medley, placing second in the 100 backstroke and helping two relay teams take a second and third in last year’s meet.
Nagy had never been a competitive swimmer before his sophomore year.
“I was a sit-around-and-play-video-games kind of guy, but I was looking for something to do after school, and a friend suggested the swim team,” he said. “I knew the basics of swimming, but I learned pretty quickly about competing. It took about a month to get the hang of all the basic strokes.”
Prospectors coach James Moore says there’s no secret to Nagy’s success.
“It’s because of his hard work,” Moore said. “James is what you look for in a good swimmer. He’s a hard worker and that’s the key. He’s made sure that everybody will remember him.”
Nagy has a 3.1 grade point average and scored 26 on the ACT, numbers he hopes will be good enough to gain an academic scholarship.
“I’m not sure where I’m going, but money is tight and a scholarship will be needed,” he said. “If worse comes to worse, I can always go to community college. But whatever college I go to, I definitely plan to try out for the swim team.”