It’s all about swimming in the Corliss family. When two competitive swimmers meet and marry, it’s not very surprising that their two boys are just as passionate about the sport as they are.
Max, 15 and Andy, 13, will compete this weekend in the 2018 Speedo Sectional Meet at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., along with two teammates from the Los Alamos Aquatomics. The Los Alamos Aquatomics (LAA) is one of the oldest USA Swimming Teams in the United States, serving the Los Alamos Community since 1963.
“We’ve never had multiple people competing before,” Max said. “You qualify by times and the fastest people get to compete.”
Parents Linda and Stuart will load up their van, for yet another road trip to a swim meet. Both parents began swimming competitively at a young age. Both were swimmers in college. Stuart swam for Stanford University and was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American. Linda and Stuart met at a swim competition and both continued to swim at the Masters level after they married and started a family. Stuart swam competitively until age 50, he said.
“We get it,” Linda said. “If your spouse or your parent doesn’t get it, competitive swimming would be almost undoable.”
“It’s great that everyone in the family is a swimmer,” Max said. “We always have something to talk about.”
Andy and Max started swimming early and joined the Aquatomics as soon as they were old enough. Linda now coaches the youngest group of swimmers, the Neutrons, ages 5-8, as well as doing individual coaching, she said.
Both Andy and Max compete in the breaststroke. Their training schedule is brutal.
“We swim about 35 miles a week,” Andy said.
“We practice from 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays,” Max continued.
Lately, they’ve been doing resistance training, dragging heavy buckets, Max said.
What motivates Andy and Max?
“Performing well at a meet is the best thing,” Max said, “Really satisfying.”
“When you try your hardest and succeed, it’s a rush,” Andy said. “Getting faster is rewarding. We don’t know how fast we can be, because we’re still growing and we’ll keep training.”
The whole family praised the Larry Walkup Center’s indoor Olympic-sized pool.
“We’re lucky to have such a great facility to train in,” Max said.
The altitude in Los Alamos helps, too.
“Only 2 percent of U.S. swimmers get to train at altitude,” Stuart explained.
Looking for a competitive sport for your youngster? You can’t go wrong with swimming, Stuart said.
“The great thing about swimming is that everyone gets a chance to compete,” he said.
For more information on the Aquatomics, visit www.teamunify.com.