February 15, 2012 - Kyle Inch hit the pool before his winter season on the Clarkston Boys Swim team, wanting to be in shape and ready when it began.
Kyle Inch at the Clarkston Boys Swim team's last home meet, Feb. 9. Photo provided (click for larger version)
The preparation has worked - he qualified for the MHSAA State Finals, March 9-10, in 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay with teammates Steven Nelson, Zach Rabideau and Eric Misteravich.
He competed in the finals last year and he said the experience helped him.
"It was one of the biggest meets I have every swam at so I got to see how the competition was," said Inch.
Inch is in his fourth season with the Wolves and is leading and guiding his teammates as one of the co-captains.
He began swimming eight years ago because his brothers swam and he wanted to try it. Plus, his dad swam in college and his mom also swims.
He participated in cross country and football for a while but found he enjoyed swimming more.
"I was always a swimmer," Inch said, adding other sports did help him with conditioning.
Inch currently holds a 3.95 grade point average and will be named Academic All-American.
He admitted it is pretty tough to balance school and athletics because of the schedule. He is currently taking Advanced Accounting, Advanced Placement Statistics and computer classes for his second trimester.
"I want to become an engineer or computer science engineer," he said about his array of math and computer courses.
Adding to his extracurricular activities, Inch is a member of the National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. He qualified for the state level for advanced accounting and will take his test for the event scheduled in March after the MHSAA Swim Finals.
He is also an Eagle Scout and completed his project which was creating and building 20 wooden fish habitats for the Clinton Rivershed project.
"With the Michigan run off and erosion, it ruins the shelters the fish create," Inch said. "It will promote the ecology. I wasn't sure what to do for my project but then received an email. I talked to someone and asked what he needed help with."
His advice for aspiring swimmers and athletes is to give 100 percent in every practice.
"If you train consistently you will see results," Inch added.
He is currently undecided about swimming in college but is looking at attending Michigan State University.
"I have already been accepted," Inch added. "I am 99.99 percent sure I am going there."
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.