Hard work paid off for Notre Dame Prep DP junior William Bansberg, who dropped significant time in all his swimming events at the USA Winter Junior Nationals earlier this month in Federal Way, Washington.
His 400 individual medley time puts him in the top 10 nationwide in his age group.
It has been a while since Banberg had dropped his time in the 200 individual medley.
But he recently changed his training routine to include weights and ended up dropping five seconds off his time.
He went from a time of 1:54.94 and not being nationally ranked, to posting of 1:49.93, placing in the top 20 in the nation.
“I went into this meet thinking the 200 IM was just a throw-away event,” he said. “When I was swimming, I could see no one else was around me, and when I hit the wall, I looked up and saw my time; that was the best swimming moment of my career so far,” he added.
The most significant drop came when Bansberg swam the 400 individual medley.
Prior to last weekend, his personal best was 4:04.05. Last weekend he dropped his time by nine seconds and posted a 3:55.89, placing him in the top 10 nationwide for 16-year-old swimmers.
“William swam beautifully and exceeded all his goals,” said his mother, Julie Bansberg. “We are super excited because he’s worked so hard.”
“Ranked in the top three of Arizona prep swimmers, Bansberg could swim across the family pool at the age 2, showing talent and a love for the sport,” a school spokesperson said.
He swam recreationally until the age of 9, when he was forced to join a club because he was too competitive for the recreational league, according to his mom.
Now he swims for Notre Dame Prep during the high school season and Scottsdale Aquatic Club the rest of the year.
Since setting his new personal records, he has garnered interest from college coaches across the country.
As a Scholastic All-American, Bansberg doesn’t look too far into the future when asked about Olympic dreams.
“After I graduate, I want to compete at the collegiate level and see what happens after,” he said. “I will take it one step at a time.”
Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 849 students.
The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic, arts and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.