Texas Amateur Athletic Federation has recently awarded Weatherford’s Adison Feriend as Region IV’s Male Athlete of the Year for his “outstanding” swim team season.
Region IV roughly encompasses the cities that form a rectangle beginning with Denton, Arlington and Mansfield in the east, to Bridgeport, Mineral Wells and Stephenville in the west; with the exception of Fort Worth.
The 2014 season, Feriend’s third as a member of a swim team, was a season of many firsts for the young man. First meaning the literal definition, as he finally started receiving many blue ribbons and gold medals, and first for the number of accomplishments that he put under his swim cap.
Feriend finally discovered his speed in the water during 2014, and qualified for his first State Games of Texas. At 9 years old, he qualified for the 50-yard Freestyle, as well as the 100-yard Individual Medley, where he had two strong finishes, 16th and 11th place, respectively.
Two things make this accomplishment for Feriend and the City of Weatherford “extra special,” coach Tyler Sievert said in a press release.
“The first being Adison, like all Weatherford swimmers, only has the opportunity to train months out of the year in Weatherford, whereas most other athletes nominated are fortunate enough to have a year-round facilities in their community,” Sievert said. “Secondly, this is the third time in the past four years that a member of the Weatherford Swim Team was named Region 4’s Athlete of the Year.”
Gabby Huggins won the award in 2013, and Dr. Steve Wood won the award in 2011, during which he was also awarded with the State of Texas Athlete of the Year.