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Athlete of the Week: 10 Questions with Marcel Hurtubise, Malibu Seawolves

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Athlete of the Week: 10 Questions with Marcel Hurtubise, Malibu Seawolves
9:00 am PDT July 7, 2017

Marcel Hurtubise, 16, a rising senior, swims for the Malibu Seawolves, competing in the 100 fly and 50 fly in the medley relay.

What initially got you into swimming?

My parents were looking for a way to keep me active and healthy so they decided on swimming since both of them swam in high school and my mother swam in college. After a while, I found that I enjoyed it and was pretty good at it as well.

What made you gravitate toward 50 and 100 fly?

My stroke was pretty bad so I worked on it a lot and then in 2016 I dropped about 6-7 seconds in the 100 fly and decided to work on it more. I continued working on my stroke and I saw that I was strong in it and was the only person on the team who swam butterfly.

Is there one moment in your swimming career thus far that you’re most proud of?

My most prideful moment was when I beat the person who had beaten me last year in the 100 fly at league. That year he did a 56 second 100 fly and I only could go a low 59. This year at league I went a 55 second 100 fly and he went a 57.

Have you improved in any one specific area between junior and senior year?

I have been working on getting my stroke technique down since I already have the strength for my events. I mostly am trying to get my stroke rate down and take longer and stronger strokes to expend less energy.

Who has the best nickname on the team? And what is it?

Tobias Jensen. I call him Tobey Maguire and others often call him Daddy Long Legs.

What do you like best about going to school in the area?

I like the weather most of all because of its mildness. I always have liked temperate climates. It also is nice since it isn’t always freezing when you are in the pool or boiling when you are doing a dry land workout.

What hobbies do you have outside of swimming?

Outside of swimming I’m pretty much a recluse who plays video games. I also have an interest in creative writing.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten, swimming-related or otherwise?

My parents told me that I should at least try my best. It doesn’t matter if you are perfect as long as you tried your best.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I’m looking forward most to trying to beat the 100 fly school record, since I am already third in overall 100 fly times in the school’s history.

I know you said you’re a recluse, but is there any one place you’d like to travel or a specific sight you most want to see at some point?

I would like to go to France because French is the language I have been learning at school and because of the good food.

Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn