Some people work their entire lives to get to the point where Norwich senior Trey Ostrom is now as a swimmer. And most never do achieve what Ostrom accomplished last weekend at the Section IV Swimming and Diving Championships.
Unlike many of the standout swimmers Norwich has produced over the last 40 years or so, Ostrom is not the typical Tornado athlete who began to swim competitively before he even reached the first grade. In fact, Ostrom, who spent a great deal of his life living in Florida, never swam competitively until he joined the Norwich varsity team as a freshman three years ago.
“That first year was almost like a learning-how-to-swim year for Trey,” said Norwich head coach Jon Aikins, who has piloted the Tornado the past three seasons. “Rick (Marchant) was Trey’s coach his first year and taught him the basics. Rick probably had no idea Trey would be this good.”
How well did Trey perform this season? He is unbeaten in every individual race, and he became one of just a handful of Norwich swimmers in the 49-year history of the program to swim the 100-yard freestyle in under 50 seconds. Ostrom not only won the Section IV Class B title in the 100-yard free a week ago at Owego High School, but he had the best time in the entire section. As the number three seed in the 50-yard freestyle, Ostrom swam his best times of the season winning the Class B and overall section titles in that event, too.