“He’s a quiet leader on the team,” Smith said. “He leads by example. When something happens, he’s not the one to speak up, to get the team excited. But if [his teammates] strike up a conversation with him, he’ll speak his mind. He’s a great kid. He’s one of those guys who will always pitch in, to help set up or take down [equipment] any time I need an extra body.”
After swimming for the Mustangs his freshman year, Edman said he took some advice from Mesa boys’ athletic director Tim Postiff, the former boys’ swim coach. Edman swam club for a while at Golden West.
“That’s where I think I got most of my basic training, as far as stroke work,” Edman said. “Ms. Smith has just been perfecting it, making it better, helping me get the stroke down.”