Interview with Liam Hutchinson, State Champion


Liam Hutchinson, Class of 2019 - State Champion in the 500 freestyle

Senior Liam Hutchinson concluded his senior season on the Fenwick Boys’ Swim team with an extremely successful day at the State Finals at New Trier High School. In the 400 free relay final, Hutchinson, along with teammates Dan Bajda, Connor McCarthy, and Mike Flynn, placed fourth with a time of 3:06.66. In the 200 free final, Hutchinson placed second with a time of 1:38.16, just missing the state title. In the 500 free final, Hutchinson won the state title with a time of 4:24.47 and broke the long-standing Fenwick team record of 4:26.12. Hutchinson will be continuing his swimming career at Notre Dame next year.

What do you think motivates you the most?
“I always feel the motivation to make my team proud. I never want to let my teammates down, and that motivates me to swim my best and try my hardest.”

What is your favorite song?
“My favorite song is definitely ‘Thotiana’ by Blueface.”

How did you feel after you realized you had won the 500 free at State?
“I was thrilled to have achieved a goal I had worked so hard for. When I looked up after the 500 and saw that I had won, I felt so happy that I was able to end my season on such high note.”

Do you have a pre-race routine? What is it?
“I try and focus on my race ahead while I get ready. While I’m standing behind the blocks, I walk through my strokes in my head and try to put myself into a winning mindset. It’s really important for me to stay focused before a race.”

What is your favorite thing about boys swimming?
“I love the boys’ swim team because of the great friends I have made over the past four years. My teammates are my tightest group of friends, and they keep me on track to achieve my goals.”