Whether it be swimming, sailing, boating or water polo, one thing isfor certain -- Hampstead's Tim Beatty loves to make a splash.
"I've been around water all my life," said Beatty, a 15-year-old sophomore junior varsity swimmer at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Baltimore County. "I first started swimming for the Carroll County Y Piranhas team when I was 5 years old."
Beatty apparently loves to swim, based on the the daily regimen he must maintain to swim for Calvert Hall. An ordinary weekday for himduring the winter swim season goes something like this:
He wakes up around 5:15 a.m. and leaves the house around 6.
After a 35-minute car pool ride to school, swim practice begins at 7 and lasts for an hour. Homeroom starts at 8:30, and school gets out at 2:40, -- giving him 20 minutes to prepare for a second practice session, this one an hour and 45 minutes.
Because of traffic, the 35-minute morning ride turns into a 45-minute commute at night. He gets home between 5:30 and 6 p.m., giving him a chance to eat dinner, study and go to sleep so he can do it all over again in the morning.
"It's different,keeps me occupied and I really enjoy it," said Beatty, who swims the50- and 100-meter freestyle for the unbeaten junior varsity team.
"This year I would definitely like to make varsity and bring my times down some," he added.
And while Beatty has ideas of making varsity for the remainder of this season, Calvert Hall coach Arthur "Reds"Hucht does know one thing for sure -- he will be there next year.
"He'll make varsity next year if he continues to work hard, which I'm sure he will," said Hucht, the school's longtime swim coach. "He's one of two outstanding swimmers we have on junior varsity. He came tome as a distance swimmer and is now a sprint swimmer. He's adapted to it well."
This year, the varsity squad is in the hunt for a Maryland Scholastic Association crown with rival Loyola High in their way. The two teams will face each other Feb. 1 at Calvert Hall.
"We're really pumped up. The junior varsity and varsity have really stuck together and gotten a lot closer this year. We are ready," Beatty said of the confrontation with Loyola.
Before and after the swim season, Beatty enjoys playing water polo for the school's club team.
"It's fun and something to do when the season isn't going on. We have a good time, and it keeps me in shape," he said.
So you probably thought he kind of took it easy last summer after playing water polo in the fall and spring along with swimming in the winter.
Last June he participated in the Annual Chesapeake Bay Swim, finishing in the top third of all entrants and 23rd in the 15-19 age group with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 28 seconds in the 4.4-mile course.
"My dad told me about it. He participated in it a while back, and now its a family tradition," Beatty said.
"It was really neat and probably the weirdest thing I've ever done. I got there and said to myself, 'I don't believe I'm gonna do this.' Once I began, I didn't think about how far I've gone or how far I have to go -- I just kept on swimming."
That feat has also helped Beatty accomplish other goals in life.
After telling an uncle he was struggling a bit in English class, the uncle replied, "How many people do you think in your English class can swim over the bay?"
"I think of it (his uncle's comment), and it makes me want to work that much harder," Beatty said.
Beatty does find time to have fun in the summer, often at his family's summer place in Fenwick Island, Del.
"I usually spend most of the summer there, sailing, boating and most of the time hanging out at the beach," he said.
After Calvert Hall, Beatty would like to swim and play water polo at college and then join the the U.S. Coast Guard.
For now, though, it's studying, making varsity at Calvert and beating Loyola.