Alex Sobers is now an eagle by identify and nature.
A part of the Boston Faculty Eagles, Alex has his focus educated on the Tokyo Olympics like an eagle with its eye on the task-at-hand.
Having smashed the sector at his final meet, posting just a few B-standard Olympic qualifying occasions, and recording some new private bests, he is not feeling pressured with only one extra meet earlier than the Tokyo Olympics June 27-deadline for swimming qualifying.
Chatting with Loop, the 22-year-old Barbadian swimmer who’s at the moment in Boston, Massachusetts, is happy with the three Olympic occasions he has posted to date and is solely working to showcase his laborious work and coaching on the subsequent competitors.
Alex whose pet occasion is the 200m freestyle as a result of in his phrases “it is not too quick and it is not too lengthy”, has met the B-Commonplace Olympic occasions on this occasion and two others already. “It was a fantastic feeling to see all of the work I’ve been placing in was price it. I am very pleased with myself to make the Olympic lower in three races.”
However that was not the cherry on high for Alex.
On the 2021 ISCA Worldwide Senior Cup, Alex completed third within the 100 LCM freestyle in a private finest 49.78 posting a brand new Barbados nationwide document, and completed first within the 400 LCM freestyle in a time of three:53.19, one other new Barbados nationwide document. However it was the primary place in his 200m free that left him feeling on high of the world.
Within the 200 LCM freestyle in a private better of 1:48.36 and new Barbados nationwide document, Alex received the finals which included American Olympians Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel.
With an enormous smile, a humble Alex didn’t gloat, however as a substitute, he advised Loop, “It was very thrilling to race towards the most important names in swimming. I might’ve by no means thought I might be in the identical race as somebody I idolize.” And he received. Not one to showboat, he didn’t even add on that reality.
Swimming for the professional group at Boston Faculty, Alex, who’s a part of the Eagles Aquatics talked about his swim life post-COVID pandemic: “We’re just about in a bubble. We get examined weekly and comply with the protocols set out by the college.”
Within the pool from the age of 4, fortunate for him, he continues to be intrinsically motivated. In a time when there was a lot speak across the Tokyo Olympics – to postpone or cancel, to permit followers to spectate, to not permit spectators, ban sure international locations or not, outdoors of the pool, Alex has been attempting to not be massively affected by the unfavorable noise.
“At first, I used to be bummed out that the Olympics was postponed. Then I shortly realized I can use the postponement to my benefit to get sooner, stronger and put up quick occasions. Life throws sudden issues on a regular basis, it is all about overcoming them.
“On the subject of a attainable cancellation? I’ve not likely thought of the potential of the cancellation of the Olympics resulting from COVID. I attempt to not deliver unfavorable ideas into my matrix. I can solely concentrate on issues I can management.
“It sucks that the committee shouldn’t be permitting any worldwide spectators to expertise the Olympics. However by way of racing, I’m self-motivated. I don’t essentially want the gang to hype me up, however it’s positively a plus to have them.”
As the subsequent meet scheduled for later this month will get nearer and nearer, the Volunteer Assistant Coach stated that alongside together with his coach they’re mapping out the times forward. “To make the A qualifying time is unquestionably the purpose. It means I robotically go to the Olympics so I’m coaching to safe my spot,” however he additionally confessed that at this late stage, “I’m not seeking to put up any large occasions. It’s simply to see the place I’m at in my coaching.”
The Tokyo Olympics could be Alex’s second Olympics. “Competing on the Tokyo Olympics could be nice. I went to Rio 2016 nonetheless very younger and didn’t absolutely attain my swimming skill. Now 2021 I’m much more conscious of my capabilities, so I am utilizing them to my benefit.”
Again at house, the Alpha Sharks is his membership group in Barbados. Alex went to St Patrick’s Roman Catholic College and St Cyprian’s Boys College for his major training and Deighton Griffith Secondary for 5 years and Christ Church Basis for one yr on the secondary degree. On the collegiate degree, Alex was a six-time Division II All-American, whereas competing at Emmanuel Faculty. And two years in the past, in 2019, he received the five hundred yards on the NCAA Division II nationwide championship and completed second within the 200 yards. He helped the Saints to 4 consecutive convention championships. At Emmanuel Faculty in Franklin Springs, Georgia, throughout his 4 years, he was additionally a 24-time Convention Champion and competed at 4 World Championships.