Holly Springs swimmer has eye on Olympics

Posted August 18, 2014

Colin Ellington passed the pool eye-test long ago and took multiple high school records with him as he grew, now he has his sights set on the Olympics.

— Colin Ellington passed the pool eye-test long ago and took multiple high school records with him as he grew.

“The first day I saw Colin, oozing with talent, it was pretty easy to see that he was bound to do some pretty special things,” said Chad Onken, YMCA of the Triangle swimming coach. “He's really the epitome of what colleges look for, and what the new generation of swimmers are. Long, lean, big long torso, strong, but not thick.”

The 17-year-old who will be swimming for NC State has an unmatched work ethic in water.

“I like to say he likes to win more than he hates to lose,” Onken said.

Two straight years Ellington ventured to YMCA nationals…two straight years no one could touch the former Holly Springs High Schooler in the 200 individual medley.

“There's nothing better than winning a national title, a feeling of accomplishment, that's just a great feeling,” Ellington said.

But multiple high school records could be just the tip of Ellington's iceberg. Engaged in a six-year, step-by-step process, Ellington has his eye on the Olympics.

“If I can be top-8 in 2016, I think I can make the team in 2020,” Ellington said.

“There is absolutely no ceiling for Colin,” said Onken. “It's a glass ceiling.”

At the 2012 trials, Ellington, then the youngest swimmer on-site, raced in the same lane as Michael Phelps. An Olympic omen? We'll wait and see.


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