University of Utah swimmer looks back at his time at Gig Harbor High

December 25, 2013 

I caught up with 2013 Gig Harbor High School graduate Evan Indahl, who is now a freshman at the University of Utah. Indahl won a Class 4A state championship in the 500-yard freestyle last year with the Tides.

Here’s our question-and-answer session:

Jon Manley: Looking back at it now, what does the state championship mean to you?

Evan Indahl: When I think of Gig Harbor High School, and home, that’s what I think of first. I think of the feeling I had when I won state. It means more to me than anybody can imagine. That was the best feeling ever. It means a lot, for sure.

JM: How’s your season going so far?

EI: It’s going really good. I’ve improved all my times already after only swimming with new coaches for three months. I’ve dropped my state-championship time. My goal is to get an NCAA B cut (consideration time).

JM: What’s the biggest difference between high school and college swimming?

EI: Racing kids that have trained all their lives, it’s a different level, in a way. You know that everybody you’re racing has everything you have. High school swimming was more relaxed and fun. It’s more of a job in college. It’s fun, but it’s more of a career-type atmosphere.

JM: On the girls side at Gig Harbor High this year, senior Carolyn McCann set a state record. Did you contact her when you found out?

EI: Totally. Me and Carolyn grew up together. When I found that out, I told my coaches. I said, ‘We need her at Utah.’ I was so excited for her. She’s the hardest worker I know. I was really happy for her.

JM: Gig Harbor has had a lot of success. What makes Mike Kelly an effective head coach?

EI: Mike Kelly knows how to get you pumped up. He gives me workouts that gave me what I needed to have, but at state, when I won that 500, I knew that I did all the work, but I had a mental barrier. He talked to me and got me psyched. He knows so much. He’s a really good communicator. His knowledge sets him apart, and his opinion on the sport. It really helps the swimmers a lot.

Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at jon.manley@gateline.com. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.

The Peninsula Gateway is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service