Ryan George adjusting nicely to life as a Sea-Hawk

Dave Kearsey
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Ryan George of Deer Lake is adjusting to life as a member of the MUN Sea-Hawks varsity men’s swim team.

DEER LAKE  Ryan George is having his share of challenging days adjusting to life as a Sea-Hawks swimmer, but he’s embracing the opportunity to become the best he can be in the pool.

“It’s really tough, but I’m trying to push myself,” George said of his rookie season with the Memorial University of Newfoundland Sea-Hawks varsity swim team.

“It was hard the first couple of months, but it’s gotten better as you go.”

George was a dominant force on the provincial swimming scene with the Deer Lake Dolphins before agreeing to join the Sea-Hawks back in September.

Being out in the world on his own away from family and friends has been a tad tough on him. Having to fend for himself while juggling a hectic training regime and academic schedule has meant some ups and ups downs along the way as he tries to find his niche with the team.

“Living on my own has been a little more stressful, but I love it,” he said, taking a few moments away from family to discuss the first half of the swim season.

George, son of Deer Lake’s Crystal and Derek George, was a force in the pool when growing up with fellow elite swimmers from nooks and crannies throughout the province. But, he is now out on his own trying to find his way in life and finding it more enjoyable to be training with a large group of athletes.

“I like my team. It’s a bigger team and there are swimmers with the same goals so you can connect a lot better,” he said of the relationship forged between himself and his new teammates.

The level of competition and the intensity level at swim meets at the Atlantic University Sport level is also proving to be much more exciting than what he was used to at the high school level.

“It’s a lot more exciting at swim meets with a lot more intensity and a chance to see some of the top swimmers,” he said.

George was happy to be able to get a break from the pool because he knows the pace will pick up in January with a busy schedule in place until the season culminates with the AUS swimming championships.

He also knows he has to get a better grip on things from a mental perspective more so than a physical one if he wants to continue showing strides in his development.

He admits he hasn’t had the level of concentration required for him to be effective in the pool like he wants because of the heavy workload in the classroom.

“I just have to keep mentally prepared for practices,” he said.

He hopes to find relaxation in his pursuit of excellence so hopefully he will be just fine in the second half now that he’s overcome some early hiccups.

As for his progress, he said time will tell soon enough if he’s done enough work for him to give a big thumbs up on his rookie year.

“I’m pleased with everything, but it’s too early to tell,” he said.

“I should know by February where I am ... in my development and I should be improved by then.”

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Memorial University of Newfoundland Sea-Hawks, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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