Both are quiet and reserved young athletes whose actions speak volumes.
Meet Auburn Mountainview freshman Trace Davison-Smith, a speedy swimmer who likes to “fly,” and Auburn’s junior Jaya Harshman, a rugged rebounder with a good shooting touch.
Davison-Smith broke school records in the 100-yard and 200 freestyle events while competing in state championship waters. Harshman, a 5-foot-6 forward, was a part of a resurgent basketball team that fell a game short of reaching the state playoffs.
For their efforts, Davison-Smith and Harshman were chosen by an online vote as the Auburn Reporter’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
Davison-Smith keeps getting faster with time. He finished the season by lowering his school records in the 100 butterly to 53.84 seconds. He intends to return next season even stronger. When he isn’t swimming for the Lions, Davison-Smith competes for the Seattle Metro Aquatic Club.
“There’s a lot of work, but it pays off in the end,” he said, “and I like being with my coaches and friends.”
Harshman stepped up in big games. She averaged 14.5 points per game during the league playoffs.
“We have some good players coming back,” Harshman said, “and we have a real good coaching staff. Hopefully we make it to state next year.”