Take one look at Heritage Hall senior Narayan Naik, and you’d never know what a competitive drive he has. He’s normally got a smile on his face and is laughing about something and just appears to be casual about everything.
Until he gets in the pool. "Honestly, killing everyone,” Naik said about his favorite thing about swimming. "Just going out there and destroying everybody.” And when you have the talent Naik has, it’s easy to enjoy the sport. His performances this year have earned him The Oklahoman’s All-City Boys Swimmer of the Year honor. Naik started swimming at an early age but stopped when he was 12 and tried other things. He tried basketball, cross country, football and tennis, but nothing could compare to the rush and joy of swimming. He returned to swimming in his sophomore year, but he said he was the worst swimmer upon his initial return. The summer before his junior year, Naik took a trip to Southern California, and it was there that everything started to click again. "I just saw all these great swimmers and former Olympians, and it really inspired me to start working harder than I ever have,” Naik said. "My parents have been a big influence on me and have kept me focused.” It showed in his junior year when he won two individual state championships.