Edgewood junior swimmer Truman teDuits comes from a swimming family. Truman himself is a reigning state champ, taking home the 100-yard freestyle title in Division 2 last year.
His older brother, Drew, was an NCAA champion for UW-Madison in the 200-yard backstroke. Truman says Drew’s success motivates him, but comes with some pressure.
“My parents and my family tries to keep that [pressure] off of me,” said Truman teDuits. “They try to make me know that I’m an individual, that I don’t need to follow in Drew’s footsteps. But personally, I put a little pressure on myself to do better than him and try to reach his goals.
Leading the crusaders through sectionals this weekend and through the state meet next weekend are just the short-term goals for teDuits. He hopes to swim at the collegiate level and hopefully even try out one day for the Olympics one day.
“Going to the Olympic trials would be nice,” said teDuits. “You know, one year, maybe making it. But it’s hard. It gets harder every year, but I’m willing to work hard for it.”
Truman’s swim coach, Dan Lindstrom, says if he can find a good college program to move on to, the sky is the limit.
I have no doubt in my mind that he’ll be able to achieve what he wants to achieve,” said Coach Lindstrom. “He may have some lofty goals. But if he’s got a plan, he’ll work pretty hard – harder than most people would to achieve those goals.”
First goal? Help the team win sectionals, which take place Saturday, February 8th, in Baraboo.