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Spencer Hazen has been a mem­ber of the Maumelle swim team since its in­cep­tion, a fact that is a source of pride for the re­cent grad­u­ate.

“That’s some­thing I’m very proud of,” Hazen said. “I’m glad I was able to be a part of the team and get the ball rolling. I’m hop­ing it sticks around for a while. I’m glad I was part of its foun­da­tion be­cause it’s not a sport a whole lot of peo­ple are go­ing to get be­hind.”

Hazen was a two-year state cham­pion in both the 50-me­ter freestyle and the 100-me­ter breast­stroke. He set a per­sonal goal by swim­ming the 50-me­ter event in less than 22 sec­onds and his best in the 100-me­ter breast­stroke was 58.7 sec­onds.

“Both events are my fa­vorites,” said Hazen, who said he usu­ally spent 15 hours or more prac­tic­ing in the pool ev­ery week. “High school rules al­low you to swim in only two events in a meet, so it was a no-brainer for me that those two were the ones I would swim.”

This fall, Hazen will at­tend the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville where he will ma­jor in bi­ol­ogy. He even­tu­ally wants

to en­ter med­i­cal school and be­come an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist.

“That’s a de­ci­sion that I re­cently made,” Hazen said. “It was a strug­gle to de­cide but I re­ally en­joyed anatomy cour­ses and it re­ally stuck out to me. I’m the kind that I know I can do any­thing I put my mind to it and anes­the­si­ol­ogy seems to be the right thing for me.”

Hazen will not be swim­ming for the Ra­zor­backs. He said some col­lege coaches were in­ter­ested in him join­ing their team, but there were no ma­jor col­lege of­fers.

“If I wanted to swim some­where it would have been at a Divi­sion II school,” Hazen said. “And that’s not the type of en­vi­ron­ment that I was search­ing for. The Univer­sity of Arkansas is where I want to be.”


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