PANAMA CITY, Fla.
This week’s scholar athlete of the week sponsored by Perry & Young is North Bay Haven’s Sam Rix.
Rix started swimming when his parents signed him up for a swim class and the instructors said he could swim and should join a team.
He joined the Panama City Seals and swam with them for a few months before he moved over to the Panama City Tsunamis and also joined North Bay Haven’s swim team.
“When I first started swimming I wasn’t right off the bay very fast I was actually pretty scared of swimming and doing flip turns and being in events and that kind of stuff it’s really nerve wracking,” said Rix.
This year Rix qualified for state but Hurricane Michael hit right before the meet and he wasn’t able to compete.
His senior season for the Buccaners ended after the storm but he continued to train with the Tsunamis.
He was named all county and was awarded a swimming scholarship to the University of Montevallo.
He will be on the school’s inagural team next year.