DU lacrosse's Baptiste reminisces his early swimming skills

DU's Baptiste once star in the pool and on the field

There's no better face off specialist in the business. 

He does work in the circle and the lacrosse community around the country recognize it. 

What most don't know is Trevor Baptiste was once a star in the pool, while also honing his skills on the field in high school at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey growing up. 

"I was like a junior Olympian swimmer, I swam with the regional team," Baptiste said. "It was great. I was really great when I was fourteen and then I didn't really improve from there. I kind of rode my times out through my 18-year-old years and they got me kind of far and in the fast meets, but I kind of stopped progressing."

Part of the reason Baptiste would plateau in the pool was because he spent so much time swimming. Yes, that sounds odd, athletes are taught to dedicate and spend what time they have perfecting their skills; however, it would stunt Baptiste's times. 

This phenomena is called "the Burnout Factor". 

"I was swimming competitively since I was five, so it was just kind of something that I'd been doing seriously, putting a lot of hours in for weeks for a really long time," Baptiste said. "I don't if it would have changed if I didn't play lacrosse, but I love both sports and I definitely love lacrosse so I think I made the right choice."

The Pioneers are thankful he chose lacrosse. The 5-foot-10 junior has the most face off wins in program history (824). He has a 70 percent winning record on the draw and it has helped the Pioneers immensely the past three years. 

DU will face Air Force in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Playoffs against the Air Force Academy on Saturday, May 13. 

 

 

 

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