A high school swimmer saves the life of an opponent who nearly drowned

It's often recommended to befriend the enemy, but high school freshman Xavier Staubs did more than that. He saved his...

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 7:35 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2018 7:35 PM

It's often recommended to befriend the enemy, but high school freshman Xavier Staubs did more than that. He saved his life.

At a swim meet on January 4, the 15-year-old Michigan boy helped rescue a rival while he was drowning.

Xavier, who attends Corunna High School, noticed his competitor sinking to the bottom of the pool after they each completed their race. Without hesitation, Xavier dived right in and helped get the other swimmer out of the pool and into the hands of the paramedics.

His actions got the attention of US Rep. John Moolenaar, who recognized Xavier with a tribute in the Congressional Record.

The rescue

It started off as a regular home meet.

Xavier had just completed his 200-meter relay. It was the first race of the night and he was confident, as always.

"I don't really get scared or excited before a meet," he told CNN. "Only excited as it's happening."

As he was resting, he noticed that a boy in an adjoining lane was drowning.

"My adrenaline was flowing," Xavier said. "I heard a bunch of people screaming, and I look down and I see him underneath."

He dived back into the pool and pulled the boy out to safety.

Fortunately, the boy didn't need CPR. He started breathing on his own.

The recognition

At lunchtime Tuesday, Xavier learned that the congressman for his district was coming to meet him. Moolenaar wanted to present him with a recognition that would be kept on record in the Library of Congress.

"We heard the story at various stages about what he had done. And the more I learned about it, the more I thought we really wanted to recognize what he did," the Republican told CNN.

Moolenaar presented Xavier with a notation the lawmaker had placed in the Congressional Record, noting his actions. The notation will remain in the National Archives.

"Usually, you're hearing about tragedies and sad situations," Moolenaar said. "This was such a powerful example of one student helping another even though they were competitors."

The reason

Xavier's mother, Jillian Staubs, however, said she was not surprised.

She arrived at the meet five minutes after the rescue happened, right behind the ambulance and police cars. Something in her gut told her that her son was somehow involved.

Staubs said she tries to raise her children like her grandmother raised her. And Xavier performing such a selfless act was something she's used to hearing about.

"I instill old-school values in my kids," she said. "There are so many kids today who always just think about themselves."

Xavier is not only a varsity swimmer but also a dancer, varsity soccer player, tutor, band member and a straight-A student.

And now, a hero.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 482902

Reported Deaths: 9425
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison33063488
Hinds31021589
DeSoto30610358
Jackson23687348
Rankin21340370
Lee14909220
Madison14166271
Jones13404227
Forrest13160240
Lauderdale11601305
Lowndes10443176
Lamar10214130
Pearl River9098221
Lafayette8241137
Hancock7514112
Washington7102150
Oktibbeha6964124
Monroe6514164
Neshoba6475201
Warren6464164
Pontotoc630393
Panola6250126
Marshall6126123
Bolivar6115144
Union574186
Pike5613136
Alcorn537290
Lincoln5303131
George471472
Scott459196
Leflore4476140
Prentiss446779
Tippah446480
Itawamba4444100
Adams4416116
Tate4394101
Simpson4335112
Wayne433066
Copiah431787
Yazoo423386
Covington415792
Sunflower4148104
Marion4099104
Leake397586
Coahoma3957100
Newton370875
Grenada3556104
Stone350860
Tishomingo336289
Attala325387
Jasper314162
Winston304691
Clay296473
Chickasaw287065
Clarke282190
Calhoun266141
Holmes262187
Smith250649
Yalobusha221047
Tallahatchie220450
Walthall211058
Greene209045
Lawrence206833
Perry199953
Amite198452
Webster196542
Noxubee178939
Montgomery172454
Jefferson Davis168342
Carroll162137
Tunica153334
Benton142535
Kemper138640
Choctaw127026
Claiborne126834
Humphreys126637
Franklin116728
Quitman103926
Wilkinson101936
Jefferson91333
Sharkey63020
Issaquena1926
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 784484

Reported Deaths: 13921
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1111691760
Mobile707171225
Madison49549625
Baldwin36108489
Shelby36062314
Tuscaloosa33661547
Montgomery33066676
Lee22407219
Calhoun21041405
Morgan19734334
Etowah19001459
Marshall17619274
Houston16697382
St. Clair15361303
Cullman14506257
Limestone14505187
Elmore14387260
Lauderdale13436280
Talladega12855234
DeKalb12140236
Walker10524329
Blount9649156
Autauga9642137
Jackson9325156
Coffee8793175
Dale8529172
Colbert8482182
Tallapoosa6616177
Escambia6553120
Covington6420165
Chilton6342143
Russell602455
Franklin5758101
Chambers5370133
Marion4769117
Dallas4676187
Pike460096
Clarke459878
Geneva4371116
Winston422994
Lawrence4107108
Bibb407380
Barbour343270
Marengo325683
Monroe317152
Butler316490
Randolph304456
Pickens301873
Henry300357
Hale291584
Cherokee288353
Fayette277973
Washington245148
Crenshaw237069
Cleburne231150
Clay226765
Macon218658
Lamar193342
Conecuh181346
Lowndes170758
Coosa168033
Wilcox159736
Bullock148842
Perry136336
Sumter124336
Greene120642
Choctaw73326
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 61°
Columbus
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
Oxford
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 55°
Starkville
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 55°
While some cool mornings are again in store for the weekend, afternoons start to warm up a bit, so plan on dressing in layers if you're heading to the MSU or Bama games, because you'll need to utilize them in different ways.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather