UofL SWIMMING | Harting Embracing Role of "Batman" at Competitions

07/12/2017 05:00 PM

Multiple Louisville swimmers, past, present and future will be representing Cardinal Nation on the national stage in the coming weeks.

Cards’ head coach Arthur Albiero will serve as a member of the American coaching staff for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Budapest later this month.

Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford are each on the U.S. National Team after their solid performances at the U.S. National Championships.

Andrew Cottrell and Zach Harting are each members of the World University Games Team USA, while Nick Albiero is a Junior World Championship Team USA member.

Harting, in particular is causing plenty of “waves” outside of the pool for his Batman costume he wore on the platform at the U.S. National Championships.

“I have the three layers,” said Harting. “In prelims, it’s just the Crocs. Then for semifinals and trials, we do Batman mask with the Batman towel. And then at finals, you’ve got the full onesie with the mask.”

The outfit is a tribute to his favorite superhero.

“That moment at trials, I’ve never seen the full Batman,” said Albiero. “He makes it into the semis and he wants to show me something. I don’t know if we’re at the hotel or something, he’s like, ‘Coach, I’m wearing this tonight.’ And how can you say ‘no’ to that right?”

Harting’s love for Batman started at a young age.

“I grew up watching ‘Batman Beyond,’” said Harting. “So I guess Batman’s always been kind of special to me.”

Andrew Chernoff

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