MADISON, NJ — Representing the Madison Dodgers boy’s swimming team, Freshman Michael Lee has been selected as this week’s Mary Comito State Farm Athlete of the Week.
As a freshman, Michael is one of the premiere breaststroke swimmers in Morris County. He also swims the 200 IM medley relay, and helps out with whatever position needs to be filled. The Dodgers are 3-3 on the season, coming off a win against Parsippany on Wednesday.
“I think our team has done pretty well so far,” Lee said. “Even though our record is just 3-3, we have came close a couple times and we’re swimming competitively in each meet."
It’s been a bumpy first half of the season for Madison, as they have dealt with some injuries and sicknesses.
“It’s tough not having a full set team on a consistent basis,” Lee mentioned. “Gabe Peralta (Madison’s best backstroke swimmer) was recently injured and he’s a big part to the team."
Personally, Lee just tries to swim at the best of his ability each meet. However, out of the pool, he’s looking to meet people and make connections.
“I just want to get fast times and break some records,” Lee said. “But I also want to make new friends since I’m only a freshman and I want to get to know my teammates better."
When he’s not swimming for the Dodgers, Michael swims for the Scarlet Aquatics (club team) and plays soccer for Madison as well. He’s been swimming ever since he was just five years old and he’s also not the only swimmer in his family.
“I have two younger brothers and both are swimmers too, so I guess it runs in the family,” Lee said.
Even though he’s got some time until making a college decision, Michael dreams of swimming for Princeton University one day.
“He’s a promising freshman,” Head Coach Nancy Leib said. He’ll be a standout swimmer for the years to come."
One of his friends and teammate, Michael Perino, had some very high praise for Lee.
“If there’s someone faster than Michael Lee at breaststroke then there is a problem,” Perino said.