A 3.6 student who is pondering a major in marine biology at the University of Washington, it was some quick math by Greg Ikeda during his freshman year at Kentlake that clued him into the possibility of making a little history.
“We figured it out at the end of my freshman year when I got three letters, which I wasn’t really expecting,” Ikeda said. “We figured that since my class was the first freshman class at Kentlake and I was the only freshman to get three letters, I was the only one with that opportunity.”
Ikeda said track is the sport he takes the most seriously, cross country is where he has the most fun, and swimming falls somewhere between those two ends of the spectrum.
“Track is the one I shoot for the best times,” said Ikeda, who runs the 800, 1,600 and the 4-by-400 relay. “I never really swam competitively before (coming to) Kentlake. And in cross country, your times tend to vary, based on the course.”
Ikeda certainly is enjoying the 12-letter feat and being the first Falcon in the school’s 11-year history to do it. But he also is maintaining a sense of humility and perspective.
“It’s not a huge deal,” he said. “I wasn’t always the very best in those sports. In cross country and track, my running partners have always been quite a bit faster than I am. On our swim team, there are some really good guys who made it to state.
“I never considered myself the best, so it’s an accomplishment.”