Between daily practice and swim meets, the No. 1 student at Indian Creek High School knew his time for studying was limited.
So, when Levi Brock was given time in class to study and do homework, he took it.
Brock swam for his high school team and for the Indian Creek Aquatic Club year round. He credits swimming as one of the main reasons he will graduate at the top of his class.
Being so involved with swimming year round taught him time management skills, he said.
He knew free time in his evenings and over most of his breaks was eaten up by swim practices and meets. He also studied with swimming teammates when they needed help with calculus or science homework before swim practice and meets. He was asked for help almost daily, he said.
“Helping other people makes me go over it in my head,” Brock said.
Brock never aimed to be at the top of his class, though he has held the spot since his freshman year.
He just wanted to do his best, he said.
“I don’t know how I did that,” Brock said of his ranking.
He never wanted to compete for the spot and never tried to beat anyone for first place. He didn’t even know how close salutatorian Elaine Dawson’s grade-point average was to his, he said.
“I just kind of took it and rolled with it,” Brock said. “Fortunately I have the ability to pick up (subject matter) in class.”
Even while taking multiple Advanced Placement classes, Brock has never earned a B, he said.
His strongest subjects are biology and chemistry. The love of those subjects and animals is prompting him to study veterinary medicine.
His mom decided she wanted to care for horses when he was in elementary school. Brock loved studying the way they moved.
Now, he interns at the Midwest Equine Veterinary Hospital. He also showed horses in 4-H, getting to know the animals he hoped to one day treat.
“Showing horses teaches you how to work with the animal,” Brock said.
Brock earned a spot on the swim team for Indiana University, where he wants to study biology to become a veterinarian.
“I have always swam all year round; it’s my sport,” Brock said. “I keep swimming. It is part of who I am.”
Brock doesn’t remember when swimming became his passion. His parents moved from Broad Ripple to a rural Morgantown property when he was in first grade. There were two ponds on the property. His mother insisted that he and his siblings strengthen their swimming skills in case an accident happened. Summers playing in the pond led to lap swimming.
“Mom figured we should keep up our swimming skills,” Brock said. “I just kept swimming from then on.”