CROZET, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The love of the race has driven Western's August Lamb to state championships, state records and the ultimate joy of holding two state team championships.
"There's no better feeling than standing up on that podium at states and holding up that trophy," Lamb said.
The heights Lamb has reached already, including swimming the 50 and 100 Free at the Junior Nationals last month, could just be the start.
"To see him develop into this national level swimmer gives you a little sense of pride," Western Albemarle swim coach Dan Bledsoe said, "But also to know what he's capable of and I think he's just starting to scratch the surface of what he's going to do."
Lamb's impact goes beyond just results though, as teammates can clearly see the dedication he holds.
"Personally, it takes a lot of hard work," Lamb said of his practice routine, "I'm in the pool every morning, Monday thru Saturday, I wake up at 5 a.m."
"He's not the most outspoken kid out there," Bledsoe said, who has known Lamb since he was three-years-old, "But he is a set the example, whether it's being in the classroom, doing his extra-curriculars, never making excuses."
Because for Lamb it's always about finding a way to grow and succeed.
"You have to go through late nights, early mornings studying, going into school early to talk with teachers if need be," Lamb said, "But it's always incredibly important."
Before his record-breaking career carries August to the college level, his focus is on one thing that comes before even another state championship, his team.
"It's more about being together, supporting each other, the state championship is always a bonus," Lamb said, "But we find success both in and out of the pool."