Mansfield Sports

Legacy swim program to look to sole senior for leadership next season

Legacy swimmer Nick Tullbane qualified for the state swim meet this year in four different events, and if the Legacy senior has things his way, he will bring home some hardware next year.

Legacy coach Tony Tullbane, Nick’s father, said that he has been impressed with the way his son has competed this season and said he brings a lot to the Legacy swim team.

“A lot of it with Nick is that drive,” Tony said. “He is such a competitive racer, and when we get to meets, it kills him to lose. For Nick when we have those big meets, you can always relay on Nick that he’s going to give a kidney or die.

“That’s one of those things with him. We also talk about your thoroughbred versus your Clydesdale. Nick is like a thoroughbred. When it’s time to perform, he’s going to perform.”

Nick qualified for state for the 200 IM and all three relays, and had PR swims in all three relays.

Tony said he has a couple of things he would like for Nick to work on in the off season.

“For him, he grew a lot this year, and it took him a little while to find his technique, because he grew three inches from last year to this year,” he said. “From time to time I do still see those little T-Rex arms working. The big thing for him over the summer is just finding his stroke and getting back into some of the grinding to prepare for next season.”

Nick said that, among other things, he tries to bring a positive attitude to practices each week because of the way that it affects the team.

“If everybody is having a good time they’re going to work hard and do their best,” Nick said.

Nick said that he feels last season was overall a very good one for his team.

“I think we did pretty good,” Nick said. “We got more people to state than any other MISD swim team. We worked hard this year, got some of our goals and got some relays to state. ”

Nick said one of his personal goals for next year is to break all of the goals set by older brother, Will, during his tenure at Legacy.

“I am going to work getting my stroke back this summer and losing a little bit of weight,” Nick said. “We need to have the team get real close, and just make sure that we can all work out together and have a good time.”

Tony said he will rely on Nick to provide leadership next season.

“It will be 100 percent, because Nick will be the only senior on our varsity team next year,” Tony said. “We have some girls, but really the year is on Nick. He will be the leader next year, and things will be defined by him a little bit.”

Nick Tullbane’s Favorites

Favorite Athlete: Peyton Manning

Favorite Team: Denver Broncos

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: Pacific Rim

Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother

Last Book Read: Ranger’s Apprentice

Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Imagine Dragons