Flying Life In The First Lane


Kristen Hunter Flores

Seth Morris in the Butterfly at a recent meet this season.

Staff, Staff Writer

A quiet individual most of the time, but when he steps into the pool his athleticism speaks volumes. Seth Morris started swimming at the age of six and this was the start of his swim journey that will take him to college. Morris started swimming because, “ my best friend used to do it, but then he quit and I continued with swimming.” 

Morris has found a passion for this sport as he has been on the varsity all four years and has been captain the last two years. Morris swims becuase, “ It makes me feel like I have a purpose.”  Morris competes in the relay team as well as the 50 free and 100 butterfly. He continues to set goals for himself and wants to beat his personal time of 23.35 for the 50 free. His best performance was against Liberty high school which has some of the fastest swimmers in the district. He came in with a time of  1:05.42 for the 100 fly. 

Morris says the one thing that he will miss most about swimming with  Ridgeview is, “the nice pool and the potential to go to Valley.”  He  prepares like any other athlete would. “ I mentally prepare myself, listen to music to get me hyped up, and drink a lot of water,” says Morris.  He is out there, “helping the coaches as well as other swimmers learn new things and techniques.” First year swim coach  Colby Webb stated, “ Seth swims fast, and you know… that’s pretty cool but, honestly Seth is a great role model for our team, I have seen him take multiple underclassmen under his tutelage and encourage them to put in the work on technique and improve each practice. That humble spirit and competitive fire doesn’t come around often, and he will be missed.”  Team manager for three years Kristen Hunter Flores says, “ the team will miss Morris’s athleticism. He is a valuable  asset to the team and his competitiveness will be missed next year.” 

Morris will continue his swimming career at Bakersfield College where he then hopes to transfer and swim for San Diego State and major in Nursing. One thing that Morris wanted to add was that, “ I am very grateful for everyone I met throughout the years of my high school swimming career.” He leaves Ridgeview high school, but not before leaving a mark on the swim team and stating, “Why wait when you can always keep pushing.”