Wichita Heights has a good chance of bringing home a state swim trophy in its first year in Class 5A. In many ways, that is thanks to our Athlete of the Week, junior Bryce Blattner.
He is approaching Thursday's City League championship meet looking toward a greater goal.
"We're focused on City, but the State qualifiers are training through City. So we'll taper for one day but it's not as big as State because we're trying to bring home a State title," Blattner said.
Leading the Falcons to a 7 and 1 City League record, Blattner owns the City League's fastest times in 4 different disciplines. His times in the 200 meter individual medley and the 100 meter backstroke will hold up against most any other time in the state.
"He goes mornings with the swim club. He does afternoons with us," said head coach Dale Heckman. "He's put in the time and the dedication to be where he's at."
"I've always been the smallest kid on the block," said Blattner. "My mom would make jokes about how you look up and the kids are this tall, and then i'm down here. It's hard work and technique."
Blattner will take that hard work to State, and is already applying it to his ambitions to be a sports reporter.
"He does a lot of work with our video team and puts a lot of work into sports editing. He'll be good at whatever he chooses to pursue," said Heckman.
"Football, basketball, baseball - You get me into the sports and I'll talk for hours upon hours," said Blattner.
But the sport that matters most on Thursday and through the road to the State Championships is swimming. And Bryce Blattner is one of the best to pursue a title.
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