Adam Chaney selected to swim at Junior Pan Pacific Championships
Lily Geiser | Staff Writer
At the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, swimmer Adam Chaney swam the 100 backstroke in 55.89 seconds. Watch the video here.
This summer, one Mason swimmer dove into the international spotlight.
Junior Adam Chaney was one of three Manta Rays to qualify for the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji. Along with brothers Jake and Carson Foster, both current students at Sycamore High School, Chaney represented the United States in the international competition, participating in four events.
Chaney qualified for the competition after placing in the top two for the 50 freestyle at the USA Swimming Nationals. There was still a month until the Junior Pan Pacs, which he used to train for the international spotlight.
“After Nationals, me, Jake and Carson knew we were going, so we came back and we trained,” said Chaney. “It was just the three of us [doing] normal training, and then we rested again and went to Fiji.”
At the competition, Chaney placed in two of his events, receiving second for the 100 backstroke and third for the 100 freestyle. Besides accomplishments against competitors, Chaney was able a beat some personal records as well.
“We all were pretty tired because we’d been swimming for a month, just racing and meets by then,” said Chaney. “And we all still went [our] best times.”
While the awards and records were incredible personal achievements, for Chaney it was also about representing the United States on an international platform.
“It’s pretty cool, swimming for your country,” said Chaney. “They give you the USA cap and, you can’t let down your country, so I was like, ‘you’ve got to swim fast’.”
Video contributed by Adam Chaney.