When Kyle Bailey was in the eighth grade he decided he needed to pick up a different sport.
Bailey, who had played soccer up to that point, hung up his soccer cleats for good after his eighth grade season on the soccer pitch.
“I washed out of soccer and needed something new to do,” Bailey said.
Four years later, Bailey is one of the most respected high school swimmers on Mercer Island. The senior co-captain competes in the 200 IM and 100 breast-stroke. The Islanders swim team is one of the most experienced squads in the KingCo 3A/2A division.
“We are hoping to win state (title). I think we can,” Bailey said. “We got a pretty good group of guys who have been working hard all season. Personally I just want to score as many points as I can for the team.”
Team camaraderie continues to be one of the Islanders swim program’s strengths.
“It is pretty special,” he said. “Every meet we are at people are shouting and yelling. It is a really good atmosphere.”
Recently the Mercer Island Reporter had an opportunity to ask Bailey a few questions about his life away from the pool.
Mercer Island Reporter: What is your favorite eatery on Mercer Island?
Kyle Bailey: Gourmet Teriyaki.
MIR: What is your dream vacation spot?
KB: Alaska. I just like snow.
MIR: What is your favorite television show of all time?
KB: “Friends” (1990s sitcom). I just watch it on Netflix.
MIR: What is your favorite hobby away from swimming?
KB: I like skiing and rock climbing.
MIR: How many text messages do you send per day?
KB: I probably send around 10.
MIR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?
KB: Country music. I’m a big fan of George Strait.