Scholar physique president Schrader staying energetic at SRRHS
After Eric Schrader, Senior of Sedona Red Rock High School, completed the first leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay at the State Championship in November, he watched teammates Cody Brefeld, Andrew Tate, and Carlos Lattanzi pull their legs off Rennens swam.
Lattanzi touched one of his co-anchors and gave the Scorpions victory in the second run. Immediately after his touch, Schrader looked at the board and saw a time of 1: 32-27. In addition to winning the second run, it was faster than ever before in the first run. Schrader repeated the number over and over so his teammates and coaches could remember it and immediately compare it to the times in run three. However, this step proved unnecessary.
While the individual events at this year’s state meeting included three preliminary runs, there were only two for the relays. Although he did not notice it at first, Schrader was already national champion.
“I repeated that six times before someone on the team told me there were only two heats,” recalls Schrader. “Then it sank in and we all lost our minds together. It’s probably my top sports moment in high school. “
And at that meeting alone, Schrader had a number of memories to compare it to.
In his final year, Schrader took eighth place in the 50-yard freestyle individual race. Together with Lattanzi, Tate and Brefeld, he took third place in the 400 freestyle relay.
But not every memory of the swimming team was associated with strong results in the state.
As a freshman, Schrader remembered getting up at 5 a.m. to go to a Saturday meeting in Kingman. As soon as the team arrived, a flash flood warning struck. Schrader and his teammates went to a locker room to wait – where they stayed for six hours. Eventually the locker room flooded to about ankle height. Eventually the meeting was canceled and the team went home wet. In retrospect, Schrader remembers that this is now a good “team building moment”.
Schrader was also an active athlete at SRRHS outside of the pool. In spring he will be part of the track team. In the past he has completed the 100, 200 and 400 meter races as well as the pole vault race.
Last spring, he was also one of the few Scorpions athletes hoping to throw the javelin during the 2020 track and field season – a new event for the team. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season after just one meeting that did not include the spear.
“I’ve never done it at a meeting – this year I hope to write down some numbers,” he said. “Besides that, I’m trying to make it. I want this year to be a competitive year for athletics. I want to do it the best I can. And I want to have a full season. “
But basketball will come before track season. It’s a new sport for Schrader. Not only did he never play it in high school, but he never played it in a competitive setting.
“It’s my senior year and since everything is so strange, I’ve decided what could go wrong.” Said Schrader. “It’s just exploratory. I still enjoy it a lot, but I don’t strive for perfection. A lot of my friends are in basketball. I hope I can hang out with them more and strive to get better each day. “
Schrader’s extracurricular activities aren’t just limited to sports.
He is the president of the student body and heads the student council. Schrader is also a member of the National Honors Society.
Outside of school, he takes part in the discovery program. Like basketball, it’s something he does in part because there are friends in the program. But he also found it helpful.
“It really gives you a glimpse into what cops are doing,” said Schrader. “It has helped me on the few occasions I have interacted with the police. It helped me understand what they were going through and what I should be doing so that we both have the easiest interactions. “
Despite his involvement in the program, Schrader has no plans for a career in law enforcement. After high school, he plans to go to Northern Arizona University with a major in sports science with an emphasis on medicine.
During his school days, he was not only an athlete but also a student coach. He hopes his career will allow him to continue to do so.
“I haven’t decided what my career should be,” said Schrader. “But I want it to be in the medical field and I want it to be in the athletes.
“I helped Ms. B. [SRRHS’ head athletic trainer Andrea Bagnall] at every home football game and most home volleyball and basketball games in the past three years. There is something rewarding about that – even if you are not the one playing – something to do to make them succeed. Especially if you’ve been in pain and are no longer in pain from your activities. “