Jordy Groters wasn't bothered sitting out his junior year.
Unable to compete last year in high school because he had transferred from Sagemont School to University School, Groters used the time to get faster.
"It wasn't necessarily frustrating sitting out," said Groters who has been on the Aruba national team since he was 11. "It gave me an opportunity for something else."
So last December, Groters competed in the short course World Championships where he hit all of his goal times.
Then he focused on the fall high school season and ended up winning the Class 1A state championships in the 50 free and 100 breast.
Groters, named the Sun Sentinel Boys Swimmer of the Year, said the season highlight was doubling at state and getting his team to the podium in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
"I had a goal and that was something that I have been working toward since I started in high school year," Groters said.
University School first-year coach Katie Byrnes said the season Groters sat out gave him time to set very clear goals.
"Not only is he a great athlete, he is also a tremendous competitor who led our team to its first district championship by example," Byrnes said. "He trains hard and swims smart and his teammates are inspired by his dedication and determination to be the best athlete he can be."
Groters is looking forward to moving on to the next chapter of his life. He recently committed to the University of Missouri.
"I hear a lot of fun stories that college is the best four years of your life," Groters said. "I guess I won't know until I am gone how much I would want to be back in high school. Right now, I am enjoying my last few months of high school and the people there."Copyright © 2015, CT Now