As a four-time state qualifier and three-time all-state medalist, Bobby Faulkenberry ended his senior season at Lee’s Summit North this year with two additional titles, one of which was team leader.

 

As a four-time state qualifier and three-time all-state medalist, Bobby Faulkenberry ended his senior season at Lee’s Summit North this year with two additional titles, one of which was team leader.

“His leadership this year was absolutely amazing,” said Broncos head coach Shelby Ruge. “He actually came and talked to me all the time in my classroom about strategy to do really well at meets.

“He definitely stepped up to be a leader this year, for sure. The boys even at (at the state meet in St. Peters) gave him a T-shirt that said ‘Team Captain,’ which they never do. He was a great role model to the boys this year. We’ll miss him a lot.”

The other title in which Faulkenberry can claim after finishing this season second in the state in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 200 individual medley is the 2010 Examiner’s Boys Swimmer of the Year.

“That’s really exciting, actually,” Faulkenberry said. “That’s quite an honor, to be honest.”

Said Ruge of the award: “He’s a wonderful kid, so that’s very exciting.”

Faulkenberry helped the Broncos to a third-place finish at the always tough Suburban (Big Six Conference) meet and also helped two Bronco relay teams (200 medley and 400 freestyle relays) claim top-16 finishes at state and the honorable mention all-state honors that go with them.

“It was perfect,” Faulkenberry said of his senior campaign. “All the guys on the team were really close, we accomplished all of our goals as a team and to end it off at state was just about as good as I could have dreamed of. It was a storybook ending.

“All of the guys were spectacular – every single one of them. We had life, personality and character. We had closeness as a team. We did everything together. I wouldn’t have done a thing without my teammates – all of them.”

Faulkenberry plans to attend the University of Missouri next year to study finance. He said it’s highly unlikely he’ll swim at Mizzou, but before he arrives in Columbia, he plans to spend the rest of his high school days soaking it all in.

“I’m ready to get out there and experience new things and kind of live life to the fullest,” Faulkenberry said. “I want to experience the full high school experience over this next semester. Live life to the fullest and leave with no regrets.”