Yavier Carbo-Colon '20 has much to look forward to: the swim season in the winter followed by the lacrosse season in the spring followed by graduation in May.
Then there is this little July jaunt that he has planned. From July 9-18 he will be in Ireland as part of Puerto Rico's U19 National Lacrosse Team. He tried out for the team in October and was one of 30 players selected.
"It feels great," Carbo-Colon said. "Not everyone has a chance to play for their country. It's an honor. I would love to spread the game down there; it's a great game."
He also has much family in Puerto Rico and says he also is doing it for them.
His youth lacrosse coach, Weve Valery, encouraged him to try out, sending his mother a link.
"I said why not; it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Carbo-Colon said. "So I trained all summer for this. Hard work does pay off. I was so excited when I got the call."
He said his good friend from Meriden, Matt Torres, helped him train.
At Xavier Carbo-Colon has played three years of lacrosse at the junior varsity level. Last year, as a junior, the varsity team was loaded with seniors. Until he got the call to say he had made the Puerto Rico national team, he had often thought of himself as more of a swimmer.
Bottom line: he is a very good athlete and says he would not have the endurance that he has if not for swimming.
Last season Carbo-Colon was part of the 200 medley relay team that set a school record in the Class L swimming championships, earning All-State status. He also was an All-SCC swimmer.
He said he would like to go to college at Hofstra and possibly try out for the lacrosse team as a walk-on.
But first there's that trip to Ireland.
Xavier High School is a private, Catholic all-boys school in Middletown, and a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School (XBSS).