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By Andy Tolbert
KLEIN OAK’S HUNTER LUND DOESN’ T SET GOALS AND DIDN’ T EVEN MAKE IT TO THE UIL STATE SWIM MEET LAST YEAR, YET HE RECENTLY SIGNED TO SWIM FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.
What Lund did was master the mental.
“I went to State my freshman and sophomore year, so last season I thought it was going to be easy,” he said. “It’s a given I’m going to State, right? My body wasn’t having it. I got sick and my body broke down. I had no stamina and didn’t make it. I was really down.”
What he did next is what sports is all about. It’s how you overcome adversity.
“To be an elite swimmer, you have to have the mentality that there is going to be failure,” Lund, who swims for Premier Aquatics Club said. “You can’t let your lows be too low and learn from your failures. It’s a huge mental game.”
Lund went back to work, and a few months later became a national recruit, dropping his times drastically in all of his events.
“It was an event in Magnolia,” he said. “That meet sent me to that next level, and I became nationally ranked because of it.”
He decided on UNC for many reasons.
“The school is amazing, academically,” he explained. “I care deeply about academics beyond the sport. It’s an amazing sports program that cares deeply about their student-athletes. The campus was amazing, and the scholarship was right. It was a great fit.”
Lund is a long-distance swimmer, competing in 500-meter, 1-mile and 1,000-meter races.
“It seems kind of boring, but I love it,” he said. “It takes a lot of work. You are in so much pain, your body is cramping, and you are always out of breath, but you just have to keep going.
“It sounds strange, but I don’t set goals. I think goals can sometimes limit you. I want to be the best version I can, and I might blow right through the goals I could set for myself.”
Lund has a unique and hectic schedule that is tremendously regimented. He has followed it for years.
“I wake up at 5:05 a.m. every day… sometimes I set my alarm for 5:08,” he laughs. “I swim or hit the weights, get ready for school, go to school, have a snack, and swim until 7 p.m. I eat, shower, do homework and go to bed.”
The dude also eats and eats and eats to fuel his body.
“I’m eating all day, especially in the summer,” he said. “I usually have four eggs, a smoothie and peanut butter toast. I’ll eat some Lean Cuisines during the day and then a dinner. It’s a lot.”
The life of a swimmer is not glamourous. While talent and physicality have a lot to do with it, the most important muscle for a swimmer is between the ears.
“People ask me all the time if I want to quit during a race,” he laughs. “All the time, but something just keeps me going.”
It is about to become a really busy spring for football athletes around the country as colleges begin to shift their focus from the Class of 2022 to the Class of 2023.
But there is also attention being given to the Class of 2024.
One of the area's top prospects in that class in the Houston-area is Willis quarterback DJ Lagway. The sophomore had a standout season for the Wildkats leading them to the playoffs. Lagway most recently received an offer from now National Champion Georgia.
VYPE's Matt Malatesta caught up with Lagway recently to talk recruiting, what he's working on this offseason and looking already towards the 2022 season.
KLEIN FOREST BROKE ITS “THIRD ROUND CURSE” LAST SEASON AS THE GOLDEN EAGLES WON DISTRICT 15-6A AND REACHED THE REGIONAL SEMIS.
Back in the mix is Rodrigo Rosales, the hammer on defense. The Defensive MVP of the district returns for his senior year with big expectations for himself and his team.
VYPE caught up with the “lead bird” to talk about the 2021-22 season.
VYPE: What has been your soccer timeline?
ROSALES: When I was young, I really didn’t like soccer. My brother played and my parents kept telling me I should play. I would only get in for like five minutes a game. I went hard those five minutes and started getting noticed.
VYPE: Offensive players get all the headlines. What do you love about defense?
ROSALES: I love being physical and running people down. I used to play football and was pretty good at it. When I got to high school, my main focus became soccer. I watch a lot of soccer on TV and on the internet to learn more about my position.
VYPE: What have you improved on going into your senior season?
ROSALES: I’ve improved my speed and soccer IQ. All I do is just workout, practice and run a lot. I do play a lot of FIFA. My team is Liverpool. It’s sounds crazy but playing FIFA really helps your IQ for the game.
VYPE: What’s your ultimate goal with the sport?
ROSALES: I want to play at a university and also had the opportunity to try out for Club America in Mexico. I plan on playing somewhere after high school.
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