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Photos: Swimming at Foster Natatorium

Republic competed at Foster Natatorium in Springfield Tuesday. (Photos below.)

The night was highlighted by Seth Lock, who became the first Republic swimmer to compete in the 500-meter freestyle. The 500-meter is the equivalent of the long-distance races in track and field. The race is 20 lengths of the pool – a distance that can intimidate some swimmers.

“I was a little nervous at first, but everyone was telling me it’s just like warmups. You’ve got to swim it like warmups, but a little bit stronger. And that’s what I did,” Lock said. “I was tired, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought and I definitely could push myself a little bit further.”

Now that the first one is over, Lock expects he’ll be swimming the race at future meets.

“It’s kind of a curse, but ‘You swim a good 500,’ so I figured that means I’m going to have to definitely swim it again.”

Lock finished in 6:15.012, which, by virtue of the fact that he’s the first to swim the event, is a school record.

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