Fast Fox First State Qualifier for Scholars’ Academy!


Benjamin Fox joined the Varsity Swim Team at Scholars’ Academy two years ago as a freshman, making a splash from day one.  Fox has always been a team player. Whether it is helping teammates with their flip turns or breaking down their stroke technique, the team always looked up to him for advice. No stranger to hard work, Fox gives one hundred percent in and out of the water; he is a true scholar athlete, who also competes for a club swim team.

Over the last two years, Fox has repeatedly led the Scholars’ Academy team to victories, but has really brought it to a new level this year. Fox was trying to make his first state cut in the 100 yard butterfly, and he did not disappoint. With the stands packed and both teams at attention, all eyes were on Fox. Would he do it? Was this the moment? He has come through every time the team has counted on him, but would the same swimmer persevere when he was racing against the clock? Fox looked ready; his usual pre-race ritual behind the block getting everyone hyped, then off they went! Fox was quick from the start, out to an early lead, and it was clear he was going for it.  Each stroke seemed to bring him closer to his goal. He hit the first turn and came off the wall the clear leader. By the halfway point, there was no question he would win the race, but would he make the cut time?  Stroke by stroke, breath by breath, the audience drew quiet as he came in the last five yards. With his head down, Fox took his last three powerful strokes and hit the wall. HE DID IT!! 53.67 seconds, a personal best and a state championship qualifying time!

Ben Fox will be the first swimmer to represent Scholars’ Academy in New York State Public High School Swimming and Diving Championships. States will be held at Eisenhower Park in Long Island March 1st  through 3rd. Congratulations and good luck to Ben Fox at states!

(This article was submitted by Scholars’ Academy.)