Sports

Third trip to state for Weaton

Fairfield senior Jackson Weaton qualified for the state swim meet this Saturday in Iowa City. Weaton qualified in the ____, ______ and ______ for the Ottumwa Bulldogs.
Fairfield senior Jackson Weaton qualified for the state swim meet this Saturday in Iowa City. Weaton qualified in the ____, ______ and ______ for the Ottumwa Bulldogs.

This week’s athlete of the week is a four-sport Trojan senior that plays football, swims, golfs and plays baseball.

Jackson Weaton started swimming at age four and his Aunt swam at Iowa and his mom was the Fairfield girls’ swimming coach back in the day.

Saturday he qualified for the state swim meet in Iowa City for the third consecutive year, earning spots in one individual event and two relays. (100 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay)

Parents: Jamie Refsteck and Nate Weaton

Siblings: Max and Sam

Fav thing about swimming: It’s an individual sport within a team sport so you’re not only pushing yourself but your teammates as well but it’s all on you when you have your individual events and if you mess up it’s on you. It’s helped me with self confidence and that’s where I think I’ve benefited the most.

Hate anything about swimming? Practice is not fun sometimes.

Better or worse being in water? It’s just different in water and swimming is just a different sport. You just have to grind and you can skip yards, but you shouldn’t and if you do you feel like you let your team down.

Favorite amphibious animal? Duck

What makes you duck like? I don’t have webbed feet, but I can swim like a duck I guess.

Prefer water or land? I’ve been in water since I was four, so it’s almost a preference. Call me the fish.

Focusing on state: We are ranked 10th in the state in the 200 free relay and podium is top-8 so it’s definitely a possibility and it’s going to be important for me to pull my anchor leg.

What does it mean to be honored as athlete of the week? It’s kind of overwhelming and it’s pretty amazing. This school has given me so many opportunities as an athlete and I thank Trojan athletics for being so great to me.

Favorite sport? I had a lot of fun playing football this year but swimming is my favorite sport. Even over baseball. Swimming is where it’s at for me and that’s where I’ve excelled over the years and it’s had the most impact on the person I am.