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Burnet distance swimmer signs with Oakland University in Michigan

Burnet High School swimmer Seth Timmons (seated) signs his letter of intent to compete for Oakland University during a signing ceremony Nov. 14 attended by his father, Tracy (left); Burnet High School swim coach Nancy Moore; mother, Kim; and sister, Chelsea Timmons. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro


BURNET —Burnet High School senior Seth Timmons is used to the stamina it takes to swim  long distances.

He rises almost every day at 4:30 a.m. for swim practice with Nitro Swimming, a select team, and attends afternoon practices for the high school’s Water Dogs team.

The distance swimmer also has been invited to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The next long distance he faces is a move to Rochester, Mich., to swim for Oakland University. He signed his letter of intent during a signing ceremony Nov. 14. The son of Kim and Tracy Timmons will major in engineering.

“They have a really good swim team and an amazingly good engineering program,” he said. “The coaches were really good. And the atmosphere, I really liked it.”

Successful distance swimmers have one thing in common, he said.

“Lots and lots and lots of time,” he said.

Nitro Swimming coach Tim O’Brien said he wasn’t surprised Timmons received a scholarship. Timmons practices with the select team at least 10 times a week. In addition, the student is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American thanks to maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average

“He’s known as one of the hardest workers,” O’Brien said.

Burnet High School swim coach Nancy Moore agreed.

“He’s a young man who’s extremely talented,” she said. “He is also the most humble individual. To me, he is ‘catch me if you can.'”