All-Stater Randell leads Trojans
Zane Randell and water go together just about as well as Shaun White and snow. As one of the senior captains of the Weston boys swimming team, he has led by example and has the hardware to prove it, garnering All-State accolades in five events over three years.
What is it about being a Trojan swimmer that has drawn him to the program? "It's a combination of how long I've been doing it, how my good friends have been doing it with me since the beginning, and how much I enjoy bettering my times," he responded. "What drew me to it initially however was my love of being in the water."
At the Class S championship this year he was a member of the fourth-place 200-yard medley relay, he was third in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, and he anchored the Weston-record-setting time of 1:30.73 and Class S champion 200-yard freestyle relay. At 2010 State Opens he lost a swim-off in the 50-free and was also part of the 200-free relay. Also, Randell was second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay at State Opens last year and won the 200-yard medley relay in 2008 at States.
Having been a swimmer throughout high school has shown Randell that an athlete's results are a direct product of his work. Every fraction of a second that he has seen his times drop by can be attributed to putting in that much more work in practice, so he has been able to track his progress in this way.
As captain this winter, Randell said, "I tried to bring the team as close together as possible." The team camaraderie has been his favorite part of swimming for Weston and he said his main goal was to unite the swimmers as much as possible before graduating. "We have benefited greatly from our friendships as a team and I hope my legacy helps this team remain a tight knit group."
Even though the swim team is graduating a number of All-State caliber swimmers this year, Randell sees an "extremely bright" future for the team. "The freshman class is both massive and extraordinary and they will only keep on getting better and better," he said. "The sophomores and juniors, who total four swimmers for next season, also all have incredible potential as leaders and as swimmers. The beauty of the Weston swimming program, the off-season team which most of us swim for, is that it allows us to see who will be coming up in the following years. They have serious potential."
Randell has been competitively swimming for 11 years, since he started participating in the Weston Water Wizards program at age 6. He said, "I swam for them pretty consistently, but it took a back burner to other sports like soccer, baseball and lacrosse so I never swam year-round till my sophomore year."
Though he did play football and lacrosse for the Trojans his freshman year and played football again as a sophomore, swimming has been his sole focus since then.
The moments that will stick out to him the most are his two state championship-winning meets (in 2008 and 2010), to which "everything pales in comparison." He will also never forget setting the new record in the 200-free alongside Spencer Kelley, Jordan Berger and Evan Sullivan.
In college, Randell intends to major in sociology and/or philosophy, and although he has not yet decided where to go, he would like to continue swimming at either the Division I or III level depending on which school he chooses. In his free time he enjoys playing Frisbee, surfing, hiking, biking, and playing tennis, and explains that he tries to be outside as much as possible.
"After having such a great swim season, my only hope is that I will continue to swim in these upcoming years and that I'll have nearly the same success that I've had with Weston," he said.