ACHIEVEMENTS: Limited by rule to two individual events, Pastorek accounted for all of the Savannah Country Day boys team’s 41 points at the GHSA state meet for Classes 1-5A in February in Atlanta. His third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 50:03 seconds) was worth 20 points. He set a GHSA state record of 55.79 in the preliminary heat for the 100 breaststroke, then finished second (56.13) in the finals (worth 21 points) to Gainesville senior Colin Monaghan (55.03), who broke his record. The Hornets, who did not have enough boys qualify to fill four-person relay teams, finished 26th of 61 teams. Selected the boys team’s MVP, Pastorek won all six events he entered during three regular-season meets. At the Junior Nationals last December in Seattle, he competed against swimmers 18 and younger and finished fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. In March while competing for the Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team, he qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter individual medley with a third-place finish (2:04.22) at the NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando and also was top-eight in three other events.
INTERESTS: Though the time commitment for swimming doesn’t leave room for many other activities, Pastorek likes to hang out with friends and play basketball and ultimate Frisbee. He’s interested in chemistry and engineering. He likes fiction and non-fiction books and recently read the novel “Cutting for Stone” by Ethiopian-born medical doctor and author Abraham Verghese. He also joined the school’s creative writing club.
WHAT’S NEXT: Pastorek will compete in his first U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016 before the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August. “I still have a good amount of time to improve,” said Pastorek, who was born in December 1998. “I’m a younger 16 year old.”
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
PASTOREK: “(The state meet) was really fun. It was a great time. I got to see a lot of people I know doing high school swimming in Atlanta. ... I know Colin (Monaghan) pretty well. He’s a senior. He’s a great swimmer. He’s going to Georgia next year. It was a good race. I had a great swim a day earlier. Setting the state record was great. He just had a really good race the next day. ... I’m sure I’ll see him again.”
SCD COACH GILLIAN ABINERI: Calling Pastorek an outstanding swimmer and person, Abineri said, “He’s an excellent leader by example. When he made it to practice — because he has his (GCAT) practices — he not only did his utmost as an individual but helped others. He’s very giving ... and he’s very talented. We were very lucky to have him. Very lucky. ... It was a great spirit throughout the team, and he was definitely a part of it.”
GEORGIA COASTAL AQUATIC TEAM COACH BILL FORRESTER: “He’s done extremely well. He’s young so he’s got some upside potential to be even better as he learns to work and gets stronger. He’s already big and strong to begin with.”