High school swimmer saves the life of an opponent who nearly drowned

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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 who was struggling under water.

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.

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