February 13, 2013
"I'm starting to get toward the peak of my performance and looking to have a very exciting state. both me and the team."
Kyle Cullinan is a Wichita Heights Senior who could take gold in Topeka in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Coming off dominant wins in those events at last week's City League meet.
"City League has always been an exciting meet for me. It's a bit of a preview to see what's to come for state and this is the fastest I've swam at city in all four years, so it's been exciting."
Cullinan says he and his teammates embrace the underdog role that comes with opposing the overwhelming favorite to win it all - Wichita East. After all, at state there's always the chance of making bigger waves than expected.
"We look really good. I was really surprised with some of our seedings and he is going to be in there pushing for the top three in both of his races."
Kyle looks to walk away from swimming competition - as a champion. Choosing academics at Wichita State ahead of scholarship chances elsewhere and that will take some adjusting - all things considered.
"I swim twice a day usually. putting in about 10,000 yards (per day) is quite a workout. But it's crazy to think of it like that I swim more than most people walk in a day."