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Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Ben Sanders

Reported by : Ross Field
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Updated: 10/23/2013 6:54 pm
Ben Sanders started swimming at the age of 5.

His coach says, through dedication and hard work, he's become one of the most versatile swimmers in the northstate.

"He has a very good feel for the water, his starts and turns are good, he can do all the strokes very well," said Christine Lockhart.

Last week, at a dual meet against rival Chico, Sanders won the 100-backstroke, 200IM, and swam on 2 winning relay teams.

Ben's big day helped the P-V boys win the meet, 101-69.

"That Chico-PV meet is a real motivater for the kids and they always seem to step up and do their best," said Lockhart.

"We always want to win every race as much as we want to win any other race, but yeah it's a little extra sweet," said Sanders.

Sanders has helped the Vikings sail out to a perfect 6-0 record this year.

In fact, this senior says the P-V boys haven't lost a meet since he joined the team as a sophomore.

"We have established our dominance and it really puts a big target on our backs. We always want to do our best so we never really take any meet easy because it's all up in the air," said Sanders.

Ben's hunger for perfection extends to the classroom as well, where he carries a 3.95 GPA while taking 2 AP courses.

"Ever since I was younger, school always came before anything else. My mom wouldn't let me go and do anything else until I had all my homework done. So, my parents definitely set up a structure for me and now I just follow that structure," said Sanders.

Sanders is not sure which college he will attend, but wherever he goes, this motivated student athlete is ready to make his goals come true.

"I want to go into the field of agricultural business and hopefully in the long run own a seed company," said Sanders.

For his strong commitment to grow and his genuine passion for school and swimming, Ben Sanders is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.
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