Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Alex Edwards has registered Class 3A state tournament qualifying times in the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle in regular-season action during the 2018-19 season. Edwards said he will focus on the 500 free and 200 IM during the postseason this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Alex Edwards has registered Class 3A state tournament qualifying times in the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle in regular-season action during the 2018-19 season. Edwards said he will focus on the 500 free and 200 IM during the postseason this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Sophomore phenom is making his presence felt in the pool

Mercer Island swimmer Alex Edwards is a dominant force in the water.

Typically the majority of sophomores in high school usually aren’t making an impact at the varsity level with most high school athletic programs.

Mercer Island sophomore Alex Edwards is definitely bucking that trend with authority.

Edwards attained a multitude of dominant performances during the 2018-19 season thus far. Edwards has clocked Class 3A state-qualifying times in the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle events. Edwards said he will focus on the 500 free and 200 IM during postseason action this February.

“I’m hoping to qualify for the finals in the 500 free and 200 IM. I have a good chance of winning those events (at the state meet),” Edwards said.

While Edwards is thriving in his individual events, the sophomore sensation is the epitome of a team player in the pool.

“I think there is a uniqueness to swimming where you are alone in your own race, but also at the same time during practices, you are so involved with your team. You build a bond with all of the guys. That is my impression at least. That is why I love swimming so much,” Edwards said. “We have a really good chance of winning state (title) as a team this year.”

Edwards, who began swimming as a 3-year-old, relishes his role on the team as someone who can compete proficiently in myriad events. Edwards is a very much like a decathlete (track and field) in the pool.

“When I started swimming, my coaches saw that I wasn’t particularly great in one event so they trained me in everything. I’m not the best at many particular events, but I’m really solid in all of them,” he said.

Edwards is a huge fan of Mercer Island head swim coach Evan Moline and assistant coach Matt Hanson.

“They are super involved and know exactly what we need at all times. We are always going through tough morning practices and afternoon practices to make sure we are at the right level to compete for a state championship,” Edwards said.

Recently the Mercer Island Reporter had an opportunity to ask Edwards some questions about his life away from the swimming pool.

Mercer Island Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Alex Edwards: “The Hurt Locker.” It is a really cool military movie.

MIR: What is your favorite restaurant in Mercer Island?

AE: Qdoba (Mexican eatery)

MIR: How many text messages do you send per day?

AE: I would say between six to eight. We (high school students) rely heavily on SnapChat.

MIR: What is your dream vacation spot?

AE: It would have to be Alaska. I like to go fishing, hunting and camping with my dad a lot.


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