Splish...Splash...Two East Texas swimmers looking for gold in Austin

By: Coleman Swierc - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It takes alot to become a good swimmer.

Athens senior Cody Robson and Whitehouse Sophomore Nikki Fulps, are living proof.

"I wake up at 4:45 in the morning, drive here, then practice for two hours, then take nap on the weight bench, then practice for 2 more hours...everyday," said Robson.

"I am normally in the pool 12 hours a week, at least," said Fulps.

Both will swim for the ultimate prize the weekend, heading to the state meet in Austin.

For Robson, this will be the 4th straight swim in the state meet, and this year, he is the favorite for the state title."

"The guy that is seeded right behind me, has won state the few years, we will see how it goes," says Robson,  "I am going in seeded first, hopefully it will finish that way."

Fulps, will hit the water, for the first ever time in Austin, for her first shot at state.

"Regionals I was very nervous, so I can't imagine what it is going to be like."

In this case, there is a silver lining, after the state meet awaits a long, pool-less break.

"I really need a break from the water," says Fulps, "It has been non-stop, since the beginning of the year."

"This week is what I worked for, I am ready for it to be over, and have it paid off," says Robson.

Ance they beat the clock at state, then they can take turns, being on the clock.

"I dont know, I am going to have alot of extra free time, I guess I will have to get a job or something, I dont know...."

Adding to his amazing swimming career, Robson, will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, to swim for Army, on scholarship.