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Athlete Worth Watching: Jimmy Hayburn of St. Mary’s High School

Feb 01, 2018 09:00AM
By Tom Worgo
Photographs are courtesy of Jimmy Hayburn

St. Mary’s senior Jimmy Hayburn is amazingly focused and driven. Hayburn knows exactly what he wants to do for a career: become an accountant.

“I like working with numbers and I like seeing the visible application of them in the business world,” Hayburn says. “Math is a subject I’m really interested in and it complements occupations in the real world and that can help me excel in that area.” 

St. Mary’s coaches view Hayburn as an ideal student athlete. Hayburn juggles his athletics with academics, community service, volunteer work, and church involvement in a way few student athletes do. Hayburn carries a 4.32 weighted grade point average, tutors elementary students in math, and has received several leadership awards. Serving as a Sacred Heart Church Youth Group leader means the most to Hayburn. The Bowie resident also has participated in Polar Bear Plunge, March for Life, and Toys for Tots outside of school.

Hayburn say he’s had to make sacrifices to maintain his arduous schedule. Most of the time, the activity that loses out is sleep. Sometimes, he studies until 1 or 2 a.m. or as early as 6 a.m. before the school day starts.

“It’s definitely hard balancing everything,” Hayburn explains. “It just takes a lot of focus. When I have all these different tasks whether its service or leadership or student government, I just give my best effort.”  

St. Mary’s swimming coach Allyson Reiter says Hayburn has an exemplary character. “He really has his eye on what he wants to accomplish,” she explains. “He prioritizes it and works toward that. And he does it pretty easily.”  

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Hayburn possesses rare athletic ability: Colleges recruited him to play Division I lacrosse and swimming early on in his high school career. Hayburn chose to pursue swimming, and he’ll be attending Loyola University Maryland on a scholarship. 

He signed a National Letter of Intent in November and chose the Greyhounds over Navy, Army, and Georgetown.

The 18-year-old Hayburn, who started on the St. Mary’s varsity lacrosse team as a sophomore, was aggressively recruited for lacrosse by UMBC, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, and Furman.  

“I could have played either sport in college,” Hayburn says. “I felt there is a significant area of growth in swimming for me.”

Hayburn will be reunited with his sister Annie, who is a sophomore swimmer at Loyola.

“I have always been able to look up to my sister,” Hayburn says. “She’s been such a phenomenal role model. She was MVP of the Loyola women’s team her freshman year. Being able to work with her is something I am really looking forward to and I am grateful to have that chance.”

Hayburn works as hard as any swimmer on St. Mary’s roster. Between practices for the Saints and the Annapolis Swim Club, he often spends three hours a day in the pool. “He’s accomplished a lot of as swimmer with this being his second sport for so many years,” Reiter says. “That’s remarkable.”

That maybe one way of describing his accomplishments in swimming. Hayburn has gone 50-0 his first three seasons on the St. Mary’s varsity, won Anne Arundel County Swimmer of the Year honors in 2017 and captured six Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference individual championships in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle as well as the 100-meter back stroke from 2015 to 2017.

On top of that, he holds 12 Annapolis Swim Club records and another 45 for his summer Whitehall Swim club.

“The majority of the records for the Whitehall Swim Team are held by a (two-time) Olympian,” Hayburn says of Brad Schumacher, who captured two gold medals in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle. “I have met him a couple of times and he is an amazing competitor.” 

Hayburn has also been very dedicated to lacrosse. He played for the Annapolis Hawks Lacrosse club for six years before suiting up for the St. Mary’s junior varsity as a freshman.

Hayburn started the following year on the varsity as an attackman and finished with 23 goals and 10 assists. He joined the team halfway through last year because of Junior Nationals in Florida and he totaled nine goals in nine games.

St. Mary’s lacrosse coach Victor Lily said Hayburn sparked the Saints to a playoff berth with a goal and assist in the regular-season finale against Mount St. Joseph. “He has a presence around the goal and we have used him sometimes at midfield,” Lily says. “He has done extremely well for us there at both spots.”

Lily also likes how Hayburn is eager to help others, working at St. Mary’s lacrosse clinics and serving as a Whitehall assistant swim coach. “He is the first kid to sign up for the clinics,” the coach says. “He will do anything for you. He will give the shirt off his back to a stranger.”