By Graham Rosen | Editor in Chief
Junior Hayden Steed participated in the Belgian Invitational swimming meet from Jan. 23 through Jan. 24 in Brugge, Belgium.
Hayden and his team, the Dallas Mustangs, were invited to participate in the meet.
The meet featured teams from across Europe as well as from the United States.
“There was all sorts of swimmers including the Great Britain, German, Belgian and Norwegian national teams, and our American Dallas Mustangs,” Hayden said.
The meet was a unique experience for Hayden and the Americans with swimmers from so many different countries and in getting to go abroad to compete.
“It was an overall great experience with how amazing the culture of the meet was,” Hayden said. “Seeing all of the swimmers from so many different countries swim at the same meet was an awesome experience.”
The meet itself was held on two days, while Hayden and his fellow team members took a couple of days to tour the country and stayed in Belgium from Jan. 20 through Jan. 26.
“We took a couple of days to tour around Brussels, Antwerp and Brugge where the meet was held,” Hayden said. “At the meet I swam the 200 IM, the 100 and 200 breast-stroke, the 100 and 200 butter y and the 400 IM.”
Hayden hopes to swim in college and has already been talking with coaches.
“The college process starts next year, but I have been talking with coaches from SMU, the University of California San Diego, and A&M,” Hayden said.
Hayden was not able to place in any events because only Belgian citizens could be nalists.