From EAG News:

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Somali student is turning heads at a Buffalo high school where students speak 42 different languages.

Sophomore Sahal Hussein swims on the varsity team for Lafayette High School, where the school’s 580 students speak 42 different languages, just months after the Somali native entered the pool for the first time in September, ABC 6 reports.

“Most of them have never swam before,” swim instructor Abigail Reinhardt told the news site. “He came to me, nervous as can be, ‘I can’t go in the water, I can’t go in the water, Miss. I’ve never been in a pool.’

“He was grabbing on to the gutter, holding on for dear life,” she said. “I can’t do it, I can’t do it.”

But for some reason Hussein set his sights on learning to swim, and progressed quickly enough to join the varsity squad that was recently resurrected by Reinhardt and head coach Dave Carver.

Carver told ABC 6 he was hesitant to include Hussein at first, but soon realized the sophomore was very determined.

“I said, ‘can he swim,’” Carver recalled. “She said, ‘Yeah, but in September he couldn’t.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute. We’re trying to do a varsity team here. He seems like a nice guy, but I don’t want to have him compete against other schools and be embarrassed.’”

“He was here every practice,” he said. “I think every kid … missed at least one. He hasn’t missed any. Since October we’ve seen him every day,…

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