Wylie swimmer named KTXS Student-Athlete of the Week
ABILENE, Texas —
Connor Ellis got a later start to competitive swimming than a lot of his teammates, but he has made the best of his time in the pool.
"I just immediately fell in love with the sport," said Ellis, a senior on the Wylie swim team and the KTXS Student-Athlete of the Week.
Ellis did not join the squad until the end of his sophomore year but he has improved dramatically -- including shaving 12 seconds off his time since the start of the season.
"He's gotten so much better," said fellow team captain Allie Clark. "He joined swim because i would talk to him about it every day in class. He joined because he thought it sounded like fun. He's honestly become amazing in the two years he's done it."
Ellis qualified for this weekend's regional meet in three different events. He won silver in the 200M freestyle, and bronze in the 100M backstroke and 400M freestyle relay at the District 4-5A meet.
"There's nothing like it. The camaraderie on this team is unlike anything else I've ever experienced in my entire life," said Ellis.
"Connor has a great deal of team spirit and is often the loudest to cheer for his teammates," Wylie swim coach Michelle Leonard wrote in her nomination letter to KTXS.
"Connor is also a leader outside of the pool. He is a member of a number of different student organizations at Wylie, including PALS."
He also has a 3.92 GPA, and plans to go on a Mormon mission following graduation. Ellis then wants to attend BYU in Provo, Utah, and earn a bachelor's degree in computer science and eventually go to med school to become a doctor.
"It's interesting to learn pretty high-level things. I like to enjoy the 'academic grind' as I call it."