Gilbert's Alex Schultz set for big year

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Coming into the 2012-13 academic year there are few athletes more highly touted than Gilbert High School senior Alex Schultz.

The big time recruit is entering his senior campaign with even larger aspirations.

"I’m hopefully going to win both my events at state.” Schultz stated. “I would like to be All-American again in both my individuals events and just have really good relays."

Entering his senior season, Alex has already won a state championship in the 100-yard backstroke, and has been named an All-American in 2010 and 2011. On top of that, Alex holds the Arizona record for a long course.

“I think he loves it," Gilbert swimming coach Brendan Keyes said. “When you are good at something and you love it, it fuels you.  It just keeps you going.”

As a result of Alex’s exceptional performance in the pool, the top colleges in the United States are recruiting him. Michigan, Harvard, Princeton and Yale are just a few of the schools interested in his talents.

“It is just weird to me because growing up these are the dream schools and now they are talking to me.”  Schultz said.

However, the elite schools would not consider Alex if he did not have the academic success along with the success in the pool.

“Academics have always been a priority to me so I try to fit it in as much as I can," Schultz explained.

Above all, Schultz has emerged as a leader on the team.

“He is an inspiration to a lot of our swimmers," Keyes added. “They get to see that hard work and dedication pays off.”