Jack Wisniewski has always considered himself a good swimmer, capable of working hard outside of the pool so that he can outswim people in the pool.
Wisniewski, who is homeschooled and is dual-enrolled at Wayne Community College, is one of the top swimmers in Wayne County, but he is always trying to become a faster swimmer.
And his hard work has enabled him to reach the next level. Wisniewski recently committed to swim at Wingate University.
“I watched the 2012 Olympics, and I saw Michael Phelps really doing awesome, and I wanted to do it too,” Wisniewski said. “I played several sports, but I wanted to try swimming, and I really stuck with it.”
Wisniewski mainly swims at the Goldsboro YMCA. He started swimming nine years ago, and he quickly established himself as the GOLD Sharks swim team’s most dependable swimmers.
During his time on the Gold Sharks team, Wisniewski has thrived and gotten better every year. He competed at the YMCA Nationals in 2019, and he earned YMCA All-American honors.
“I’ve always known about the YMCA. I took swim lessons there when I was younger, and it was always in the back of my mind, so I wanted to give it a try,” Wisniewski said. “I’ve always known the pool there because I’ve been around it my whole life.”
Thanks to swimming, Wisniewski met some of his lifelong friends and became part of what he now considers a brotherhood. Wisniewski said win or lose. The team always supports each other.
Wisniewski was eager to get into the pool last year, but the pandemic halted the season before it began and left Wisniewski itching to get back into the pool.
Now, with the wait coming to an end, Wisniewski has made up for the lost time by winning the NCHEAC State Championship in two events. Wisniewski holds numerous Gold Sharks records along with NCHEAC records.
“Swimming is a sport where it’s easy to chase someone and have the motivation to get better,” Wisniewski said. “Having teammates that push me at practice has also motivated me.”
Wisniewski added he enjoys learning all about events and analyzing the strategy and nuances involved with each event.
He also works at the YMCA, has a 4.0-grade point average, and is an Eagle Scout. In his free time, Wisniewski likes to play the piano, guitar, and banjo. However, he enjoys his true love – swimming – the most.