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D1 day in the life: Landon Lloyd

As the men’s 200 yard freestyle final in the 4A NCHSAA State Championship is coming to a close, there is a speedy photo finish between first and second place. The second-place finisher, Landon Lloyd (‘24), will be continuing his swimming career at Auburn University.

When did you begin swimming competitively?

I started swimming competitively when I was seven years old, but at that point it was mostly for fun. I would go two or three times a week.

Landon Lloyd will continue his swimming career at Auburn University in Alabama after 11 years of swimming. Photo used with permission from Kristan Lloyd

How do you feel COVID impacted your development?

COVID gave me a new perspective as a swimmer, it reminded me of the importance of the relationship with your teammates. At the beginning of the pandemic, we still swam at Jordan Lake and kept training, but it was a lot harder to develop without the structure that coaches provide.

What did a normal day look like over the summer?

I would normally wake up around 6:15 and go to practice from 7-9:15, and then 3 days a week we would lift for another hour. Tuesdays and Thursdays I would have a double and go back to the pool at 3:30 and do another hour and a half of training.

What would a weekend look like if you had a meet?

Most meets were Friday-Sunday, and we would have a morning prelims session and a night finals session. Some of the bigger meets like Futures would be Thursday to Sunday with prelims and finals as well. For the morning prelims sessions I would wake up around 7 and finals would normally end around 8:30.

How did your recruiting process go?

At the beginning, there were a decent amount of schools interested in me, and I felt like I managed to get it down to a solid list effectively. On my final list of three schools, I visited UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech and Auburn University.

What made you choose Auburn?

I loved the atmosphere, especially with it being a big SEC (Southeastern Conference) school, it had great energy, at the football games in particular. I think I would find myself being very happy there, having the invigoration for my teammates. Also, some of the other recruits I met on my visit I really enjoyed which was a big driving factor in my decision.

What are you looking forward to for the high school season?

I’m looking forward to having fun and being a team captain. I think we can have a solid performance at states and regionals and have a good time.


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Mason Dean, Staff Writer
Mason is a junior at Green Hope and this is his first year on the staff. He loves sports and is on the varsity baseball and basketball teams here at Green Hope. Mason has a knack for math and history. Outside of school, he plays on a club baseball team and spends time with his 2 dogs, Margo and Olaf. While on break, Mason loves to travel to new places with his family. He has 3 siblings and in the future, he plans to play baseball in college and attain a mathematics degree.
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