JACKSON, Wyo. — Two dedicated Jackson high school athletes are among some of the top swimmers in the state.

Jackson Fouras, a junior at Jackson Hole High School, and Hunter Scott, a Jackson Hole Community High School sophomore, are swimmers with the local Stingrays Club Swim Team.

Fouras and Scott are devoted to the sport, training five days a week with the Stingrays program in Jackson. They compete in both club meets with the Stingrays and state swim meets from December to February with the Sublette County Boys High School Swim Team.

“Swimming is one of those sports where you cannot take a day off for fun, which is both a blessing and a curse,” said Fouras. “Just having a routine in the water and swimming every day keeps me motivated because I can always envision the end results of my races at the end of a season. I have a great team and support system that always encourages me to push myself past my comfort zone as well, which is something I’m so grateful for.”

Such a steadfast commitment to the sport comes from an inner drive to reach their peak potential in the pool, explains Hunter Scott.

“Something that motivates me as a swimmer is knowing how strong I currently am, and how much stronger I can become. The prospect of me being so much better really drives me to become my best and to keep swimming,” said Scott.

While the pandemic has changed their normal swim schedule, Fouras and Scott have remained adamant in their training regiment and their everyday lives are centered around the sport.

“I spend my mornings either at school or lifeguarding at the rec center—I know, as if I couldn’t be there any more than I should. I usually swim for 1.5-2 hours every weekday after school, and after that, I sometimes go to community band or orchestra groups,” said Fouras. “Being a student-athlete really has helped my time management skills, so I try to keep my schedule jam-packed. On weekends I travel down to Pinedale during the winter to race with the Sublette County High School team,” said Fouras.

Jackson Fouras is a junior at Jackson Hole High School.
Hunter Scott is a sophomore at Jackson Hole Community High School.

This past weekend, the two qualified to compete in the Wyoming State Championship swim meet in Laramie. They each placed among the top 10 in the state in several events, as well as setting a new personal record.

At the meet, Fouras competed in the 200 IM and finished 2nd in state improving his Personal Best (PB) by 5+ seconds. His 2nd personal event was the 100 breast in which he finished 3rd in the state, also improving his PB by .59 seconds.

Scott also competed in the 200 IM and finished 7th in state improving his PB by 4.5 seconds. Scott’s 2nd personal event was the 500 freestyle where he finished 8th in state, improving his PB by 11.35 seconds.

While both athletes hold individual success, Fouras and Scott have also accomplished state-level rankings in relay races. Together, the two competed in the 200 IM Relay which finished 7th in the state. Additionally, Fouras competed in the 200 freestyle relay which placed 7th in state, and Scott competed in the 400 freestyle relay placing 8th.

Scott explained that the team atmosphere and camaraderie are the main factors that keep him returning to the pool day after day.

“I really enjoy the team bonding experience and getting to know each and every person. While swimming may be a single-person sport, a big part of swimming for me is the team and building connections that could last a lifetime,” said Scott.

Fouras similarly expressed how swimming on a team helps him to thrive as an individual athlete.

“No one really enjoys jumping into a cold pool alone and sweating underwater, so my team and I really try to encourage each other and hold each other accountable. I think that COVID has really made us become even closer because we never really realized just how much we needed each other,” said Fouras.

Fouras and Scott were among only three swimmers from Sublette’s team to have qualified for the individual event finals on Saturday and they competed in four of the five events combined.

This weekend Fouras and Scott will compete in their final district meet which will be the last of the season.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.