Eastlake swimmer Kim aims for eight state championships
Eastlake swimmer Ed Kim is on the verge of an incredible individual feat, but he only wants to talk about his team.
"A team title would mean everything to me," said Kim. "If I just swam by myself, I'd be nowhere near where I am right now."
Kim is two titles away from being only the second boy in Washington history to win eight state championships. They've held state meets here since 1933.
"That's crazy," Kim said. "That's long before I was born and long before my parents were born. It's been a long time. It's something that might go down in history."
Swimmers can only compete in two individual events at state a year, so that means Kim has won every state race he's been in. With that said, he still doesn't peg himself as the favorite as a senior.
"Always walk in as a challenger," said Kim. "At state, there are people that step up like no other. There are people that drop lots of time at state, so I'll be another challenger in the pool."
Kim is far from just "another challenger." He's considered one of the top swimming recruits in the country. That's why he's packing up his 3.96 GPA and heading to Harvard next year.
"Harvard will be a different program and different training," said Eastlake head coach Kate Agnew. "It will be really exciting to see where that can get him. With four years of swimming college, I really do think the sky is the limit for him."
There's no doubt Kim will aim as high as he can, because he doesn't know any different. Kim was one of the youngest competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 at just 16-years-old, and there's no reason to think he won't be back again in 2016.
On top of his goals in the pool, Kim already knows he wants to study business at Harvard. He hasn't even wrapped up his senior year in high school, and he's already talking about graduate school in the future.
There's no stopping Ed Kim from achieving his dreams.
"I have personal goals, so once I achieve an accolade, I always set a higher goal," Kim said. "Accolades are materialistic; things of the past. I'm always looking forward. There's always something better I can do the next time."
Boy's swimming and diving state championships happen this weekend in Federal Way. Kim will race in the 100 yard and 200 yard freestyle at state. The finals for those events are scheduled for Saturday.