Academic All Star - Erik Wagner

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 19, 2009 at 12:52 AM EDT

Some seniors take a relaxed approach to their final semester on campus.
Binghamton senior Erik Wagner is not one of them.
He's saved his toughest course load for the end of his high school days, along with his toughest work in the pool.
That's what makes him this week's academic all star.

"If you swim Division I for college maybe I should take a couple of college-level classes before I hit the college itself."
Like a boy scout, Erik Wagner is always prepared.
To get ready for life on campus, he's taking 4 international baccalaureate classes, with a concentration on the sciences.
And he takes that same analytical approach out of the class and into the pool.

" I had to figure out how to best maximize my body for swimming. I had started in ninth grade with a lot of powerlifting and that eventually got me a little too big for the sport. I had to figure out which exercises would best help me swim."
He specializes in the sprinting events, because much like his course load, they leave little margin for error.
" The 50 is a real intense race it's real quick its 123 and it's over. You can't have any mistakes and it has to be 100% the entire time. The 100 butterfly is my favorite race because it's a little bit longer but it's a power stroke and it takes a lot of energy and it takes a lot of skill to do."

"He's very goal oriented and whatever he does have in his mind it's just a matter of what kind of work that he has to put into that he'll go the extra length to do it."His goals begin with the sectional meet this week, and continue on to the state meet, where he's already qualified, and then move on to the pool at Binghamton University.
Always striving for an edge, in the class and in the pool, that's what makes Erik Wagner this week's academic all star.

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