Monona - Monona Grove senior Ben McDade says his mind is always clearer when he's in the water.
That calmness belies McDade's fiery competitiveness as he continues to dominate boys swimming in the Badger South conference.
McDade, who's committed to swim at Indiana University, has won 11 WIAA State championships as an individual and in relays. That's just three short of the state record held by Ryan O'Donnell from McFarland.
"Not everyone can be like a Michael Phelps, not everyone can be a Katie Ledecky," McDade said. "But everyone can be the best you can be, so I think that's my goal for the next four years. I just want to improve as much as I can and master the sport as much as I can."
McDade's parents have been involved in his swimming career from the start. His Mom, Sue, volunteers as a timer and stats keeper and his Dad, Phil is the pool announcer at MG meets.
"We've always just wanted him to have fun swimming. Just enjoy it, be a good teammate," Phil McDade said.