Harrison Barnard Breaks School Swimming Records

Senior Harrison Barnard has been swimming year-round almost as long as he’s been a Woodward Academy student. During his Upper School career, he has broken multiple records as a member of the varsity boys swimming and diving team.

War Eagle Watch interviewed Harrison about his sport and his plans for the future.

Q: How long have you been attending Woodward and when did you start swimming for the school teams? 

I’ve been going to Woodward since second grade, and I started swimming for Woodward in Middle School. Outside of Woodward, I’ve been swimming on a year-round team since fourth or fifth grade. 

Q: What records have you broken at WA and what other accomplishments are you proud of in swimming?

During freshman year, I broke the school’s 100 backstroke record, and then broke my own record in the 100 back during my junior and senior years. I’ve also broken the 500 freestyle record, 200 freestyle record, and I’ve broken the 100 butterfly record once and then again broke my own record again in the 100 fly. I have also been on the record-breaking relay teams in the 200 Medley and the 400 Freestyle. 

Q: What do you enjoy about swimming?

I love swimming because of the people you meet while swimming and the friends you make.

Q: What are your academic interests and other interests outside of swimming?

I like working on cars, doing regular maintenance and slight modifications, and I am interested in pursuing a degree in business at Emory University. I chose Emory for the strong academics.

Q: When you graduate, what will you miss most about Woodward?

The people, including Coach Kevin Greaney, my swimming coach.