DCW50 MVP: Poolesville swimmer spends extra high school hours in the pool

POOLESVILLE, Md. -- Just because Justin Kim wants to swim at Duke University next year but he wasn't willing to sacrifice his grades and his dedication to class to make it happen.

The senior at Poolesville High School year is just now getting back into the club routine for swimmers-- meaning he's waited until his senior year to put in some serious hours in the pool for training.

"Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we have practice from 4:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. and then in the afternoon we practice from 3:45 to 5:45," said Kim.

Kim said he just couldn't do that and be a part of the school's Science Math and Computer Science program so he scaled back his time in the pool during his sophomore and junior years.

Kim remained on the high school team though.

"Swimming teaches time management which I think is the best way to become a good student," said Kim. "what I learned from swimming I applied to school."

Kim has been a state finalist in the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and swam on some championship relay teams for the Poolesville team.

Now that his schedule has cleared a little bit his senior year he's hoping to add more awards to his record and swim his way onto that Duke swim team.