The senior captain and his teammates are looking at a possible four-peat. St. Thomas Academy has won three consecutive Class 1A boys’ swimming titles, and won the true team crown by more than 300 points in January. Here is a closer look at Najarian:

 

Q The best movie I’ve seen in the last year?

A “John Wick.”

 

Q Three songs I never skip on my iPod are …

A ... “Hooked on a Feeling” by B.J. Thomas; “Chimes” by Friendly Fires; and “Dum Dee Dum” by Keys N Krates.

 

Q Three words or phrases your friends or teammates would use to describe you are …

A … talkative, upbeat and creative.

 

Q When did you become interested in competing in swimming?

A I was 7 years old. I loved to swim in my pool, so why not do it as a sport?

 

Q At my first varsity practice you felt …

A ... comfortable, and happy to be part of the varsity team.

 

Q What is you favorite meal before a meet?

A Fettuccini alfredo with grilled chicken and chocolate milk.

 

Q To get focused for an event, you …

A ... visualize the whole race, and a time that I am shooting for.

 

Q How do you balance school and sports during the year?

A Being organized, staying up late and taking advantage of my study hall.

 

Q Name one sport you wish you could participate in that you don’t?

A Hockey. It’s the sport of Minnesota.

 

Q In 10 years, you hope you’re …

A ... a dentist running a practice in Stillwater.

 

Q Best sports advice you have ever received?

A Don’t let a bad swim prevent you from making the next swim great.

RON HAGGSTROM