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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 3 years ago

A stroke of Viktor-y: Sandcrabs' Viktor Toth has winning on his mind

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by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

His morning begins at 5:45-7 a.m. in the water, and his evening concludes in the water. Though Seabreeze High School senior Viktor Toth admits his practice regimen is grueling, he would have it no other way. His passion lives in the water. He says he feels more comfortable in water than on land.

“I spend most of my time in it, even outside of swimming,” he said. “I surf, tube, kneeboard, wakeboard, swim in the ocean and boat. Water keeps me on the right track for life, keeps me focused and allows me to set goals for my future.”

On land, Toth tries not to allow any distractions from other activities or typical high school goings on to take his focus off his many aspirations, which include a state championship (he was second last year in 4A), a high place in the nationals (56th two years ago) and a bid to the Olympic trials.

Moving from Hungary at age 6 with his mother, the only thing Toth brought to the states was two years of novice swimming experience. He has remained close to a body of water, and his skills have improved to where he has become one of the area’s best swimmers.

“I’ve trained harder and worked a lot at my techniques,” Toth said. “I plan to win it this year, no matter what.”

Toth already has short-term and long-term goals mapped out, and he understands that achieving any of them will not be easy. He plans to attend college for swimming, although he hasn’t received any offers. He plans to reach make it onto the Olympic team in the future, although that depends on how well he fares against national opponents. No matter how difficult it may be to reach his targets, Toth is dialed in, and winning, to him, is a must.

“I just think of all the hard work, early mornings, weight training, blood sweat and tears finally paying off,” Toth said. “Those are the moment I live for.”

IF YOU GO

Viktor Toth and the Seabreeze Sandcrabs will be competing at their District 3A-4 swim meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Port Orange YMCA.

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