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Davis Middle School student receives Virginia Swimmer of the Year award

J.J. Barad, an eighth-grader at Davis Middle School, received the Virginia Swimming Swimmer of the Year award among 13 and 14-year-old boys.  Virginia Swimming serves as the governing body for the sport in the state and falls under the umbrella of USA Swimming.  Barad has been swimming since he was 3 and started swimming for USA swim team when he was 5. 

Recently, Barad competed in a national swimming competition in Clearwater, FL. He set the season’s best record in nine of his 10 events. Barad showed impressive times for all 10 events, including the 200-yard backstroke.  He finished two minutes better than his seeding time of 1:59.85 and he dropped his 100-yard backstroke nearly two seconds, which resulted in him finishing in 53.68 seconds for first place among 13-year-old boys.  

Barad has three brothers and enjoys spending time with them.  When he is not swimming, Barad plays basketball and listens to music.  Barad plans to attend Kecoughtan High School next year and join the swim team.  He has big plans with swimming and plans to continue swimming throughout college.  Barad said, “I look forward to going back to Florida next year. I keep looking at those times and telling myself, I am going to beat those times next year.”

According to the Virginia Swimming website, Virginia Swimming is committed to offering a balanced competitive swimming program for athletes of all ages and ability levels. In addition to offering an annual program of swimming meets for athletes at every level, they also offer unique educational and training opportunities and experiences to their member athletes, coaches and volunteers in the form of local, regional and national level swimming camps, workshops and clinics. Virginia Swimming has approximately 6,000 registered athletes ndn 50 member clubs.


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