Tower swimmer, Glasgow, ends season at state finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published November 23, 2018

 Warren Woods Tower swimmer Justice Glasgow, a sophomore at Warren’s Butcher Academy, swims the 100-yard butterfly at the Nov. 17 Division 2 state finals. This season, Glasgow this season set three school records on her way to the state finals.

Warren Woods Tower swimmer Justice Glasgow, a sophomore at Warren’s Butcher Academy, swims the 100-yard butterfly at the Nov. 17 Division 2 state finals. This season, Glasgow this season set three school records on her way to the state finals.

Photo by Donna Agusti

WARREN — Justice Glasgow describes herself as self-motivated.

“That’s something you have to be,” the Warren Woods Tower swimmer said. “A positive attitude helps too. And you have to practice hard and eat well.”

Glasgow, a sophomore at Warren’s Butcher Academy, has lived by that mantra. Glasgow’s hard work, dedication and skill led to her earning a spot in the 2018 Division 2 swim and dive finals.

She qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and competed Nov. 17 at Oakland University.

“I was amazed,” Glasgow said. “I didn’t think I would make it. It was great.”

Glasgow finished 13th in the event with a time of 59.66 seconds. Soon after the final, Glasgow set a goal for herself to return to next season’s finals and improve on that finish.

“I’ve got a lot more goals for next season,” Glasgow said. “Obviously, I want to make it back to (the state finals). And I want to finish much higher.”

On her way to the state finals this season, Glasgow ensured her name would live on at Tower long after she graduates.

Glasgow established new school records in the 100 butterfly, the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

“It makes me happy to know I’ve left my mark on the school,” Glasgow said. “Hopefully other people can look at it as motivation.”

The Tower swimmer trains diligently in order to perform at the level she does and to improve on her times in the water.

Glasgow is in the pool two hours a day, six days a week. She swims with a club team in the offseason. She does weight training, but said endurance can only be built in the pool.

Balancing academics and athletics can be tough at times too, Glasgow said.

“There are a couple of days a week where I take the first half-hour of practice and use that time for homework,” Glasgow said. “There are definitely some late nights during the season, but I have to stay caught up on things.

“It’s all about staying positive, whether it’s competing in the pool or making sure I get good grades,” Glasgow said. “Of course you set goals for yourself, but even if you don’t reach them, that’s OK. You just have to keep striving to do your best.”