Get to Know: Austin’s Brock Lawhead

Published 6:16 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Brock Lawhead is a senior swimmer for the Packers.

Q: What sports do you compete in?

A: I compete in cross country, swimming, and track.

Q: How did you originally get into swimming?

A: I’ve always enjoyed swimming ever since I began to take lessons at the Y. Immediately it was something that I felt passionate about right away so joining swimming was a no-brainer for me.

Q: What’ s your favorite sports memory?

A: My favorite sports memory was my first time qualifying for swim section finals and going to state with our team’ s qualifiers to cheer them on and to get a taste of what the state meet is like.

Q: What have you learned from sports?

A: The main lesson I have learned from sports is how to keep going even when everything in me was telling me to stop or slow down, and also how to set and achieve goals, which of course is important.

Q: What is the hardest part about sports?

A: Many sports, including the three that I do, require full mental and physical engagement the whole time, competing to keep pushing yourself until you reach the finish line. Finishing each race and the hard workout or set in practice can be frustrating and a difficult part of being an athlete. However, in the end this becomes the most rewarding part of these sports.

Brock Lawhead swims in a meet for the Packers. Herald File Photo

Q: How do you keep your focus when competing?

A: In all of my sports I compete in races. This means that I have to be ‘ all in’  focus-wise when competing with no breaks during competition. So as a runner I look forward and see whoever is in front of me, and push myself to get ahead of them, then the next person, and the next. In the pool I see other swimmers out of the corner of my eye and I push myself so that I really can’ t see them anymore, which usually means I am ahead of whoever I’ m swimming against. I also focus on the intricacies of the races in the water such as my turns, stroke, and breathing, which in turn help me to be more efficient and faster.

Q: Who is your biggest sports role model and why?

A: I look up to many people that are athletes in my different sports that are each individually amazing athletes with awesome mentalities in their respective sports. However, one athlete that I look up to that doesn’ t do my sport, but has a great work ethic is Tom Brady. He was told often early in his career and in college that he was not good enough. But through his hard work and ethic towards that work, he is now considered by many to be the greatest of all time. While I know I’ m not the greatest of all time or even close, it still is something I admire and try to replicate in my sports and other places.

Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show?

A: I enjoy a wide variety of TV shows and movies from action to comedy to drama. Right now my current favorites and binge shows are the last season of “House of Cards” and the show “Designated Survivor.” Many people know that long-standing favorite movie series is “Star Wars” so that would also qualify as my favorite.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: Every year my music classes stand out as my favorite part of the day because of how amazing it is to participate in the different music groups and the communities that come along with them. However, this year my calculus BC has also been the class I most look forward to every day which to some might sound weird but the class is full of the people who I have taken a majority of my classes with ever since middle school and has some of my closest friends in them.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: U.S. senator for Minnesota

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: My favorite food simply just depends on what I’ m in the mood for at the moment. Something I’ m always in the mood for however is Culver’ s custard, which never fails to disappoint.

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: My plans are to attend a four-year university and I plan on majoring in political science. I have applied to a couple colleges already and plan on applying to a few more. Recently I was accepted in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and was also admitted into their honors program, which is very exciting and humbling.

Q: What’ s a fun fact about you or hobby you enjoy most people don’ t know about?

A: Questions like these tend to be a little difficult for me as I’ m a very open book and probably talk just a bit too much a bit too loudly. I guess the fun fact about me would be that I have a very difficult time answering this question.

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A: I’ m gonna go with a classic on this question and say that I would like to fly. I think it would not only be a truly exhilarating experience but also be a way to get places more conveniently, and you would never have to worry about bad winter roads that way either.