Even though Rogers junior swimmer Anthony Natsiopoulos already has qualified for the West Central District meet in the 100-meter breaststroke, he isn’t satisfied.
Natsiopoulos, who has never been to the Class 4A state meet, expects that to change this February.
“My personal goal this year is to make it to state in the 100-meter fly and 100-meter breaststroke,” he said. “As far as team goals, we want to qualify as many relay teams as possible for state this year.
“Our team works hard and has so much fun together. We have the best team camaraderie ever and have so much sportsmanship. It’s great.”
Natsiopoulos said the butterfly is one of the toughest events.
“It is probably the most difficult stroke to do because it is just so tiring,” he said. “It is one of those strokes where you have to just keep working at it. Once you get it down, though, it starts getting easier and looks nicer.”
The Herald recently asked Natsiopoulos a few questions about his life away from the pool.
The Herald: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Anthony Natsiopoulos: “Pineapple Express.” It is funny.
TH: What is your favorite eatery in Puyallup?
AN: I don’t go out to eat much, but I’ll say Applebees.
TH: Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl this February?
AN: The Seattle Seahawks. They are my favorite team.
TH: What is your biggest pet peeve?
AN: I don’t like when people are loud in class. I’m a good student. I don’t like it when people are disrupting my learning.
TH: What is the last book you’ve read?
AN: “Slaughterhouse-Five.” It is a book about World War II.
TH: What would you do if you $1 million?
AN: I would probably buy a new house, a new car, and then I would put the rest in savings.
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