Artie Hidalgo, '15, signs to swim for Boston College
Congratulations to senior Artie Hidalgo, who has signed a letter of intent to swim for Boston College! We interviewed Artie in 2013 when he won a volunteer award for teaching swimming lessons:
On Aug. 17, junior Artie Hidalgo was presented with an Outstanding Youth Volunteer award at the Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club "Say Amen!" Gala. Artie worked 119 hours this summer lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons at the Mathews-Dickey Swim Club.
"I’ve always been kind of a natural teacher, but I had never actually taught swim lessons, I just jumped in and figured it out," he said. His students were 6-15 years old.
It wasn't just teaching that was new for him, though.
"I became a certified lifeguard the day before I started," he said. "I took the class a week before and the certificate came in the day of."
The training came in handy when he had to rescue 8 swimmers throughout the summer.
"We had to do deep-water tests, and the kids thought they were invincible," he said. "They would jump in and we’d wait for them to come up, and they wouldn’t come up. We didn't have to do CPR, just pull them up because they were struggling."
Artie started swimming when he was 9 years old. He competes year-round, usually once a month but more in the summer. He's in a national training group at the Rockwood Swim Club, and practices as much as twice per day in the summer and 2-3 times per week during the school year.
Congratulations to Artie on his award!