Issaquah Eagles sophomore swimmer Chris Harig, who advanced to the Class 4A state meet in the 200 individual medley last season, is determined to return to the state swim meet this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Issaquah Eagles sophomore swimmer Chris Harig, who advanced to the Class 4A state meet in the 200 individual medley last season, is determined to return to the state swim meet this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Sensational sophomore swims swiftly in the pool

Chris Harig has competed in competitive swimming since he was 8 years old.

Swimming is a way of life for Issaquah Eagles sophomore Chris Harig.

Harig, who competed in the 200 individual medley at the Class 4A state meet last season as a freshman, is continuing to hone his skills in his favorite events. Harig also competes in the 100 breaststroke.

“I want to make it to the state finals in both of those events. The times I have been putting up this year are better than last year’s times. Obviously that is the goal,” Harig said of his progress. “I train in the offseason with my (swim) club. I’m always trying to get better.”

Harig has competed in swimming events since he was in the third grade.

“I started swimming in the summer for a club team that was coached by Laura at Edgebrook (Swim and Tennis Club) when I was 8 years old,” Harig said. “We understand each other. She knows what I need to do to get better and we base my training around that.”

Recently the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Harig some questions about his life away from the pool.

Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Chris Harig: I would go with the Jason Bourne series.

IR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

CH: When people tell me what to do when I’m already doing it.

IR: What is your dream vacation spot?

CH: It is probably the Caribbean. I just really like the water and their beaches.

IR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

CH: Michael Phelps. It would be really cool. He is an idol to most swimmers.

IR: What is your favorite hobby away from swimming?

CH: I like photography.

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