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Farmington Hills swimmer working toward Olympic dream

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published January 14, 2020

 Local Farmington Hills swimmer Roshi Turner poses for a photo with medals after an event. Turner has dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete one day.

Local Farmington Hills swimmer Roshi Turner poses for a photo with medals after an event. Turner has dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete one day.

Photo by Roby Turner

FARMINGTON HILLS — Roshi Turner has loved being in the water since around the age of 4.

The Warner Middle School seventh grader loves being in the water so much that he’s training and perfecting himself in the pool to reach his dream of becoming an Olympic athlete one day.

He trains for about three hours a day, which includes dry-land training as well as getting in the pool. All that training has paid off, with Turner already swimming at an advanced level for the Spartan Aquatic Club.

“Coach (Jamie Murphy) placed me in the Spartan group, which means I swim with more advanced swimmers who are on the high school level, and that helped develop me a lot with endurance training and lots of yardage,” Turner said.

With all of his training, the results have shown. Turner has found success at the local, state and national levels.

At the Speedo Midwest CW Challenge in December, Turner placed first in his age division in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke; 50 and 100 backstroke; and 400 individual medley.

He said his favorite strokes are the breaststroke and backstroke, and he looks up to Olympic swimmers Adam Peaty and Caeleb Dressel for inspiration.

However, even with all of his success, Turner knows there is still work to be done.

“I never think that I’m good enough, and I can always do better, which comes from more training,” Turner said. “My confidence level and work ethic allows me to compete on a high level with the best swimmers across the state, region and country. It feels good because it shows that my hard work is paying off when you see the results in the pool.”

Throughout his time as a swimmer, Turner has gotten support from his parents, coaches and even his school.

For his parents, the main thing is just supporting their son in whatever he wants to do in the sport.

“It’s really gratifying as a parent to see his personal growth and maturity,” his father Roby Turner said. “He sacrifices his time with his friends from playing and just doing kid things, to train for hours, travel to swim competitions across the country. Most importantly, he wants to do this, and as his parents, we help guide and support him in his dreams and goals in whatever they are.”