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All-City swimming: Heritage Hall's Narayan Naik loves beating competition

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: April 7, 2010
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It showed in his junior year when he won two individual state championships. But something was missing.

He wasn’t feeling 100 percent and felt he didn’t swim his best on swimming’s biggest stage.

That wasn’t the case this year as Naik dominated the field in his two individual events (200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke).

And his love of beating the competition carried over in one of the bigger upsets of the state meet.

Naik led the Chargers’ foursome of his younger brother, Naresh, John Byford, Matt Veneklasen and himself to a surprise win in the 200 freestyle relay.

"That was a great moment for us and to share it with my brother was real special,” Naik said.

Naik had several offers, ranging from Penn State to Indiana to Arizona State, but he chose Wyoming.

"I love the coaches there,” Naik said. "They do a great job, and they’ve produced Olympians in the past. That kind of tradition is great and something I want to be a part of.”


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