July 28, 2013

Steve Solloway: The swimmer's not over his head

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Adam Gaulin is leaving St. Joseph’s College and its swimming team to deploy with the 133rd Maine National Guard and serve in Afghanistan. “I want to serve. I want to be part of the bigger solution,” he says.

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Adam Gaulin holds most of the breast stroke records for a St. Joseph’s College swimming program that is less than 10 years old. Now his concentration will be on the military.

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"I'm 24 years old. I'm on the tail end of what I can do as a swimmer. I don't have the same pop. I've been waiting for a couple of years now to be called grandpa." Maybe they'll call him Sarge when he returns.

"We're a small, close-knit team," said Horr. The St. Joseph's program is less than 10 years old. "When Adam came, we had four men on the swimming team. He was very excited about doing his part to build the program. There's a lot of mutual admiration on this team. It doesn't matter if you're the best one in the pool or not.

"Sometimes at our open houses he'd talk to 10 (prospective) swimmers. Sometimes there would be no one. It didn't matter to Adam. Someone would come next time."

Horr coached swimming at Deering High before coming to St. Joseph's. Some of his high school swimmers graduated and enlisted, but Gaulin is the first while at St. Joseph's.

This week, Horr and assistant coach Ashton Piers took Gaulin to dinner. They hugged before they parted. The coaches told Gaulin how proud they were.

The citizen-soldier thanked them. 

Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveSolloway

 

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