Walker Valley High School swimmer Christian Torbett competed in the Tennessee state swimming championship on Feb. 11.
The sophomore from Walker Valley High School had qualified for the championship at his very first dual meet of the season, swimming for Cleveland High School against Science Hill at the Cleveland YMCA. Since that time, Torbett had competed in every swim meet through the season, never finding the speed that earned him a state championship qualifying time.
Torbett is an accomplished breaststroker as well and took several tries at the qualification during time trials at the KISL championship at the end of January. He accompanied the Cleveland High swim team to the state championship to represent Walker Valley.
In his preliminary heat, Torbett found the speed he had been chasing for four months, placing 39th in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 57.45 seconds, bettering his previous effort by 3.27 seconds.
Cleveland swimming coach Tim Davis said, “Christian’s effort was the fastest butterfly time that our team has seen in the two years, that I’ve coached here. Christian’s race was picture perfect. I’m extremely happy for Christian. it’s nice to receive something back at the end of the season after months of swimming.”
Christian trains at the YMCA under coach John McCormick.