SARTELL - With a quiet competitive spirit and ability to break plenty of records, senior Spencer Sathre brings a ton to the table for the Sartell-St. Stephen swimming team.

Spencer Sathre before an afternoon practice. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)

Sathre says swimming has been a part of his life for a long time and he got an early start thanks to his Mom’s love of the sport.

"My Mom, she was a swim coach, when I was at a young age she invited me to their swim club. Ever since then I've been swimming."

Last year, Spencer broke a combination of 10 records (Two were the oldest on the Sartell record board, going back to 1987). He’s also broken two pool records this season.

"Mainly in the 100 fly this year. That's one of the events I'm going to be swimming throughout the year. It's probably one of my favorite events too."

Sathre entered his junior year new to Sartell-St. Stephen High school due to his Dad's job relocation. Head coach Jason Anderson says despite being newer to the team, Spencer was selected to be a co-captain after just one year.

"He's a very nice young man, he fits in well with the kids who are here. Everyone enjoys having him on our team, he's a great leader by example."

Spencer faced several obstacles to get to this point. He’s swimming well despite suffering a couple of injuries in football in Eden Prairie during his sophomore and junior year.

"I tore my ACL and meniscus. I came back, my family helped me through it, I had physical therapy. My teammates encouraged me, that's really what got me through it."

His dedication and willingness to come back to top form has fueled his motivation to constantly improve himself and the team.

"Every time I put a set on the board that I think 'he might not be able to do this'-he does it and I'm amazed. He's one of those kids where you just say 'go' and he's going to make sure it gets done," Anderson says.