by Cate Engles
The 2017-2018 Swimming and Diving season was a true testament that hard work really does pay off. All the two-a-day practices, smacks off the diving board, and the constant lack of moisture in our skin was well worth it, for we placed second (basically first) at the state meet. Our season was full of wins, best times, and broken records. One thing you should know about the team is that we are always pushing each other to go faster, go longer, and do more. Without our inner competition, our season would not have shown the results they did, so congratulations for this amazing season swimmers and divers, and let’s look back:
At the beginning of November, the swim team dove into the pool and started training for the long season ahead.. Normally, the first month of training is intense, for most of us are out of shape. By the time the first meet comes around, we are ready to race. This season we won all of our meets with the exception of our meet against Hawken. It was close one, though, and we have Jamie Doak to thank for that because she stole the six dive pool record from the hawks.
Post season, this year, was surly exciting. The JV squad set the bar high with their substantial amount of podium places and best times. Varsity Sectionals at Spire was a success with a great portion of our team qualifying for Districts. At Cleveland State, the Blazers tackled more completion and ended with District runners-up. This year our individual state qualifiers were Emma Borrow, Rose Gaudiani, Ellie Macphail, and Helen Sun, as well as Jamie Doak for diving. These girls scored us loads of points for us at the State Meet, as well as our girls on the three relays. With all of these fast swims and the nail-biting final 400 Freestyle Relay closing the meet, we were able to secure a second place victory!
This season, of course, would not have been as victorious as it was without the help of our loyal fans, parents, and our coaches. We would like to give a HUGE thank you to anyone who came out to a meet this season. It also would not have been possible to get through those winter break practices and long meets without all the food our parents provided, so thank you. Swimmer eat a lot—enough said. Our team manager Coach Aroney also deserves so much credit because without her we would never have a place on deck to sit (and so much more). Roderick Speed also gets a shout-out because he fueled our competitive minds with all of his boxing trivia and constant reminders to “WORK OUT”. Recounting on this season has already gotten me fired up for next year—let’s go Blazers!