CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The 2020 UIL state swim meet is this weekend and there will be plenty of schools from the Coastal Bend representing the area. However, there is one swimmer who has taken the state by storm and is looking to bring a state title back to the Coastal Bend and that is Flour Bluff's Kraig Bray.
The senior has been on a tear in the postseason tournaments including an incredible performance in the region four meet that saw him break both the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle records. Those times of 20.28 seconds and 45.22 seconds have left his teammates in awe of his talent.
"I don't know how he goes so fast," junior swimmer Rachel Huang said. Huang will also be competing in the 50 and 100 meter events in Austin.
Head coach Bryan Hutchinson believes his talent makes this team more formidable than they already are, citing Bray as a superstar.
"When you have someone like that it just elevates the entire program," he said.
Bray did not start his swim career the superstar that he is today, in fact he started on the JV squad. Bray worked his way up to the very top.
"Each year he just kept on progressing and getting better and better," Hutchinson said.
And now after the years of hard work, Bray is the headlining man at the state meet and is beaming with confidence, as he should be.
"He walked up to me after the regional meet and asked me 'you ready to see the fastest 50 time you've ever seen?'"
I asked him if he thinks he'll win the event at state, he said yes. The young man is full of confidence.