Athlete of the Week: Geoffrey Lo

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Lo

By Emma Wenning, Lola Coulter, and Maddy Yorke
Sports Reporters

As a captain of the Newton South swim team, senior Geoffrey Lo continues his impressive swimming career. During his freshman year, Lo proved his ability as he earned two Newton South ‘Record Breaker’ awards in both the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. His sophomore year he earned the same award for the 200 Medley Relay, yet that was not the end of his success.

As a junior, Lo broke his previous year’s time in the 200 Medley Relay. Lo has also received the DCL all-star title. Lo’s success and speed in the water will be hard to replace next season.

This week, Denebola got a chance to sit down with Geoffrey Lo, discussing this year’s season and his future plans with swim.

When did you start swimming and why?

“I started experimenting with many different sports at a young age. I found swimming at age seven and participated on a YMCA team for a year. I joined a club team at age eight, and that’s when I began swimming competitively. Swimming stuck with me because it’s both an individual and team sport. I was lucky enough to have found a team with great teammates that helped me love the sport.”

How do you train?

“I typically train 5-6 times a week. Normal practices are comprised of about an hour of dryland and then two hours of swimming. Because I am a sprinter, I train shorter distances at higher intensities. I found that it’s crucial to focus on technique when I’m doing sprint training because it improves my stroke and prevents injuries.”

Which events do you swim?

“I swim the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back.”

Do you have any pre-meet rituals?

“I’ll do a full body stretch and sometimes do yoga before the meet. I usually warm up for about 20 minutes with loose, easy swimming”

Do you swim competitively for a team other than South and if so, how does it compare to Newton South swim?

“I swim on a club team (APEX) that trains year round and competes at a national level. Club teams train/race in both Short Course Yards (25 yards) pools and Long Course Meters (50 meters) pools. South only train/swims in short course.”

How has the South swim team done this year, and how do you think the rest of the season will go?

“Despite many swimmers being sick and missing the recent meets, South has been putting up a fight against strongs teams in the DCL. The rest of the season is looking great. Swimmers are constantly getting PR’s and I’m expecting multiple school records to be broken during our championship meets at the end of the season.”

Do you have any future plans for swim?

“I do hope to swim competitively in college. I have been in contact with a couple schools, but if I choose not to swim in college, I will still stay active and join sport clubs.”