The 2019 season for Legacy junior swimmer Luke Miller was a special one, filled with plenty of accomplishments. One of those accomplishments: breaking a Colorado state-record in the 200-yard …
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The 2019 season for Legacy junior swimmer Luke Miller was a special one, filled with plenty of accomplishments.
One of those accomplishments: breaking a Colorado state-record in the 200-yard freestyle May 11 in the Front Range League Championship meet with a time of one minute, 35.62 seconds (previous record one minute, 36.73 seconds held by Regis Jesuit’s Clark Smith in 2013).
“I was so excited,” Miller said in a phone interview. “That’s (state-record) been the goal for a few months, and I have worked really hard in practice and this season. I am so glad we finally achieved that.”
Bouncing back a week later in the 5A boys swimming championship competition, Miller wasn’t done. Winning the 200 and 500 freestyle, the Lightning swimmer clinched another state-record in the 200 with a time of one minute, 35.72 seconds in the event, Miller stood-out in a field of the state’s best.
“We haven’t quite looked into high school goals yet for next year (2019 season just ended), but I just want to keep getting better and working,” Miller said. “I’m always trying to be the best swimmer I can be, and we will see where I am a year from now. If you would have asked me my goals a year ago, they would have been very different from what they actually were this year.”
The Elevation Athletics’ swimmer credits his growth and technique to his coaches of his club team in Grant Holicky and Eric Stefanski. Under their guidance the last year and a half, the NC State commit has made significant strides to put himself on the map in Colorado and around the country.
“I’ve always been into college swimming, and over the past few years, after watching, I’ve realized what they (NC State) have been able to do with their swimmers and how much better everyone is getting. As soon as I got there (on a visit), I knew it was the place for me,” Miller said. “The location, the people, the team, the coaches, everyone there is so supportive. I knew this was the school that was going to get me far in life. This is the school that is was really going to help me be the best person I can be.”
With one more year before heading to the east coast, the son of Chris and Kristine Miller is primed for potentially a bigger year than this past one. On what it will be like to be 1,650 miles from home, “there are mixed emotions. They (Chris and Kristine) are both very supportive of me, and they are ecstatic I get to go to a D1 college. Of course, they are going to be a little sad, but they will fly out here now again so we will be fine. We are very excited for this next journey.”
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