Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Andrew Britton, Gregori High swimming

Gregori High junior Andrew Britton won the Stanislaus District’s first gold medal at the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex. Britton won the 100-yard breasstroke in 54.94 seconds.
Gregori High junior Andrew Britton won the Stanislaus District’s first gold medal at the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex. Britton won the 100-yard breasstroke in 54.94 seconds.

Historians will remember Gregori High’s Andrew Britton as the first swimmer in Stanislaus District history to win a CIF State title, and that matters.

Britton won the 100-yard breaststroke final at the third annual CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.

He edged Ripon Aquatics teammate and best friend Ty Wells of Ripon High with a time of 54.94. Britton was the only swimmer to crack 55 seconds in the final.

“I just went for it the first half of the race,” Britton said. “I thought to myself to have no regrets coming out of the pool.”

The Stanislaus District has enjoyed a heavy presence at each of the CIF’s three state meets, but never has it returned a champion.

Until now.

“It’s an amazing feeling, something cannot be taken away from you,” Britton said. “It is a feat that I can carry with me for years to come and use to continue to push myself in and out of the pool as to hopefully achieve more goals.”

Age: 17

Class: Junior

Parents: Michele and Chris Britton

Where were you born? Modesto

Favorite class: Math

Favorite teacher: Mr Salazar

Favorite hobby: Surfing

Favorite athlete: Steph Curry

Favorite meal: Tacos

Favorite movie: Gladiator

Favorite app: Clash of Clans

Favorite emoji: Laughing face with tears

Can’t stop listening to (artist, track or album): Sam Hunt

Three things you’d want on a desert island: Boat, food, family

Finish this sentence: I want to be “6-foot-5 but that won’t happen.”

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