In Going Under, Reese, Gabriel, and the rest of the crew make a pretty big fuss about Halloween. It’s not unusual. Halloween celebrations have become more elaborate in the west over time.
Kat lifts her head slowly, meets the warm, blue gaze of one Reese Lockwood. He stares at her, shifts a little awkwardly, before finally looking away, toward the other end of the library.
Connor McDermott is a junior swimmer from Sweetwater, TN. He attends Sweetwater High School in his hometown.
Brody Parsons is a sophomore student, in his second year in sports marketing. He’s part of the swim team, and one of the students who makes it to Worlds.
Melissa Jane (Mel) Egerton is a senior at Johns Hopkins University, studying nursing. She’s also part of the swim team and went to the 2012 Olympics in London. She didn’t medal, although she hopes to perform better in Rio in 2016.
Katherine (Kat) Jennings is a freshman at John Hopkins University, and part of the university’s swim team. She just graduated high school in Annapolis, MD, and moved to Baltimore over the summer. Kat was tabbed to go to the London Olympics, but lost out on a spot to Mel Egerton.
Reese is the fourth of six children, and the oldest boy in his family. Never the brightest bulb in the box, he was hoping to get a swimming scholarship. When that didn’t materialize, he decided to skip higher education and ended up working as a lifeguard at a resort in Miami for a stint. It was there he met a person who would ultimately help him pursue collegiate sport and university-level studies.
Gabriel Foss is the youngest of three children. He has two older sisters, Heather and Isabella (Izzy). He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, attending Johns Hopkins University, where he’s studying in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. In the meantime, he’s currently considered a top prospect in USA Swimming. He attended the 2012 London Olympics and won four medals (one gold, two silver, one bronze).
The following is an excerpt from Going Under, available September 5, 2017.
Making a Splash
The summer sun is still blazing down over the cracked, sun-bleached asphalt of the parking lot outside the athletic center.