He's a state champion in the pool, but it's the things Cottonwood's Jordan Dahle does outside the water that really separate him from many high-school seniors.
For starters, he's the senior class president at Cottonwood High School. He also regularly volunteers with the Assistance League of Salt Lake City, where he spends time with a wide range of youth, including foster children. When his high-school career is over, Dahle has aspirations of attending the United States Air Force Academy.
"It honestly just makes me feel like I'm doing something," Dahle said about volunteering. "It makes me feel like I'm not being so selfish and that I've contributed to my community and helped out other people."
As far as his desire to serve in the military, he has his family to thank. His grandfather served in the Vietnam War, and his father was in the military before Desert Storm.
"I feel like I've been so lucky to live in the U.S., and I think that to serve in the military is the least you can do to pay your country back for all that it's given, and I think that's the best way to do it," Dahle said. "[My father and grandfather] kind of put the idea in my head, and as I looked into it more, it just became more appealing to me and seemed like something I would really consider doing."
On top of all that, Dahle certainly can swim. The senior won the state title in the 500-yard freestyle and took second in the 200 individual medley last season. His goal is to repeat in the 500 and win one other event.
"From the get-go, the plan has been for him to win the individual events at state," Colts coach Ron Lockwood said. "That's our expectation. … That is certainly something that we've planned for and something that we've prepared for and something that we're looking forward to."
To make sure he is prepared for that big stage, Dahle said fine-tuning his craft between now and state will be his biggest task.
"By the time you're at this level, you can swim fast, but the things that are gonna make you go higher is the attention to detail," he said. "The amount of effort that you put in on the walls, the amount of time you're taking on every breath, what your hands are doing underwater it's all the little things that'll make you better."