P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week: Holden Ellsworth


This isn’t Pullman sophomore swimmer Holden Ellsworth first time being an Athlete of the Week.

“I was kind of surprised,” Ellsworth said. “I didn’t know that really existed and it just felt to be recognized.”

Ellsworth won the WIAA Athlete of the Week honors for breaking district records in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

He also helped with team wins in the 200-individual medley and 200 freestyle.

Swimming that much is tiring.

While he’s in the water…

“[He tries] make it to the end of the race without focusing too much on the pain,” Ellsworth said.

He’s been swimming since he was seven.

He learned swimming has been great therapy.

“Well, I have ADHD, and it was kind of a way to burn the energy,” He said. “So, I could find more ways to fight it. [Then] I became attached.”

He realized, he was good at it.

“Around the time, I was 12, I went to my first travel meet, got the best times and have been getting better ever since,” He said.

Yeah, he has been.

He currently holds the Pullman records for the 100 backstroke, 500 freestyle, and the 200-individual medley.

He won a state title as a freshman but he still has one goal in mind.

“I would like to qualify for the Olympic trials my junior year,” he said.

The winter Olympics might be going on, but he’s already has his mind on the 2020 Tokyo games.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.

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