This story appeared in the Indiana edition of the December ESPN RISE Magazine.
Kyle Whitaker doesn't always finish first. The Chesterton (Chesterton, Ind.) senior may be one of the most decorated swimmers in Indiana history, with more than a handful of state championship medals to keep his neck warm, but it's his disappointing performances that fuel him.
For instance, Whitaker still remembers the time he went to the club swimming state championships as a hopeful 9-year-old.