Nathan Schauff doesn’t want to think about what would have happened if he picked another sport.
“I don’t think my parents would be too happy about that,” the Kodiak High School freshman said.
“Coach wouldn’t be too happy about that,” chimed in his brother Dyton, a junior on the Bears’ swim team.
The Schauffs are a swimming family. A swimmer with the Schauff last name has been with the Bears since 2005. Before that, Schauff brothers’ father and uncle swam for Kodiak High.
Nathan was born to be in a pool, and he might be the best of the bunch. That is saying something, since his older three brothers all have qualified for the state championship meet.
“It is scary knowing he is on the team and he is fast,” Dyton said. “I can’t have him passing me up while I am still on the team.”
Dyton doesn’t have to worry yet. He still has an edge over his younger brother, the last of the Schauff siblings. At last week’s Homer Invitational, he won the 100-yard backstroke four seconds ahead of Nathan, the runner-up finisher.
It was the first time the two have raced competitively against each other.
“I was trying to get ahead of him at the start,” Dyton said. “He is creeping up there. He is going faster than I was my freshman year already.”
For Nathan it was a thrill racing his brother, somebody he admires.
“It was exciting. I was just thinking I got to go fast, I got to push him,” Nathan said.
After the opening two weeks of the season, the Schauff brothers are the top two backstrokers in Region III. Lindquist believes they could stay atop the standings for the remainder of the season. The brothers hope so.
“Knowing that he is my fastest competition now in the region for the 100 back is awesome,” Dyton said. “I know I am going to be swimming right next to my brother, and I have never been able to do that — that is pretty sweet.”
Lindquist said he often confuses the two while they are in the pool, even though Nathan stands about an inch taller than Dyton.
“They look darn near exactly alike,” Lindquist said. “They are both redheads and have skinny little frames.”
It also doesn’t help that they swim the same events, which should set up a good battle, and family bragging rights, for the next two years.
“They are the same stroke, same events — they are sprinters,” Lindquist said. “They are going to be after each other.”
And Nathan can’t wait until he catches his big brother in the pool.
“Maybe next year. If it is this year, that would be great,” Nathan said.
Kodiak entertains Region III opponent Kenai in a pair of dual meets Friday and Saturday at the Kodiak Community Pool.
Friday’s meet begins at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday’s starts at 10 a.m.
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