|AHS Alum Makes College Splash|
Published: Friday, 29 March 2013 03:21
Former Alameda High School student and swimmer Ben Krause (pictured) has made the transition from high school to college.
Krause graduated in 2012 with an individual high school swimming record — the 500-yard free in 4:38.25 — and helped his 400- yard free relay team set a new mark of 3:14.57. As a well-accomplished student and swimmer, Krause considered several options for college.
Krause was treated to a trip to California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) by his swim team and was able to meet the coaching staff and swimmers. During his visit, he watched a swim meet and was taught the Road Runners system.
Krause immediately fell in love with the comradery of the swim team and its coaches. Krause also has grandparents that live in the area. CSUB was a good fit for Krause.
Krause has found that obtaining classes and fitting them into his schedule with swimming can sometimes be a bit difficult. Everything that he has experienced, from obtaining classes, finding time to study, working out for swimming, is so much more intense. His flexibility has allowed him to accomplish both required time for academics and swimming.
Krause has found that competition within the team brings the best out of himself and the other swimmers. The workouts are much harder, which builds team spirit.
Krause has little time for extra curricular activities but he, along with his swim team, participates in what is called "The Runner Olympics." This event is a competition among the teams at the school. Swimmers are awarded points when they support other team sporting events. Points are totaled at the end of the year and the highest point earner receives a trophy.
Krause competed against Cal Berkeley earlier this year at the Spieker Aquatic Complex. He admits the times he has produced are not quite what he would like but he will progress in swimming just as he will in his education.