Kamiak swimmers take state | From the archives/Weekend read


Last updated 8/26/2020 at 12:22pm

Photo courtesy of Bryan Carriker

The Kamiak swim team celebrates a hard earned state championship, the first in the school's history. Pictured are Patrick Hunziker, Chris Lynch, Tyler Carriker, Daniel Schmidt and Gus Brunner holding up the trophy.

Editor's note: The Beacon is republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. This feature is on Kamiak's first state swimming championship. The story, written by Rebecca Carr, was originally published Feb. 25, 2009.

Kamiak senior swimmer Daniel Schmidt lay in his hospital bed last Wednesday, barely aware of his surroundings, too weak to even eat, a pin cushion of IVs that constantly re-hydrated his battered body.

"Sorry, buddy, that's just not gonna happen," doctors said of his plan to compete in the state championship Saturday.

At perhaps the worst time in his life, Schmidt...

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