CORAL SPRINGS, FL, U.S.A.
STUDENT, MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS H.S., PARKLAND, FL
02/14/2018, PARKLAND, FL, U.S.A.
Nicholas Dworet died February 14, 2018 in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. He was 17.
Nicholas was a captain of the school’s swim team, winning first-place honors in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at the 2017 Broward County Athletic Association swimming and diving championships.
“He dreamed of making the Olympic swim team,” the Dworet family said in a statement. “He believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best.”
One of Nicholas’s teammates, Guillermo Barrios described Nicholas: “He was very positive and a very cheerful person. He was always trying to encourage people to push themselves to the limit. He was very dedicated and determined with swimming, and he was a very kind person.”
Nicholas had received a swimming scholarship to the University of Indianapolis.
“He dreamed of making the Olympic swim team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” his family said. “He believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best.”
Nicholas Dworet’s brother was also injured in the school shootings. Alexander Dworet, 15, was grazed in the back of the head by one of the bullets, the family said. He was treated at Broward Health North and released later Wednesday evening.
The brothers were in the same building, but in different classes.
“The family along with their younger son Alexander, who was also a victim of the shooting and recovering at home, wishes to thank everyone for all the love and support they have received.
At Thursday night’s vigil for the victims at Pines Trail Parkland, Guillermo Barrios, a sophomore swimmer, said his teammate Nicholas had a strong character.
“He was very positive and a very cheerful person, “ Barrios said. “He was always trying to encourage people to push themselves to the limit. He was very dedicated and determined with swimming and he was a very kind person.
“He was the leader of the team. He was team captain. He was very leader-like and mature.”
Another sophomore swimmer at the vigil, Gianluca Savino, said he had known Nicholas Dworet for six years, and “a lot of people looked up to him.”