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By Joy Lewis Abilene Reporter-News

Christian Chavez starts each day by writing down eight goals. The freshman on the McMurry University swim team makes academic, athletic and social goals.

“Every morning I wake up and see what I want to accomplish today,” Chavez said. “If it’s to meet a new person, or get an ‘A’ on a test or a quiz, or try something new, like a different food or something like that, study for two hours, improve technique in the pool.”

Pure determination and a competitive nature drive Chavez to reach his daily goals and work toward his long-term goal of getting a college degree.

McMurry swimming and diving coach Bev Ball believes Chavez’s tenacity is contagious.

“We discovered Christian through a recruiting form,” Ball said. “He was from San Antonio, I called his coach and then got in touch with Christian to come for a visit.

“At that time, I did not know he was blind.”

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