The swim team is off to a positive start with new additions to the team, as well as returning swimmers.
“This season is looking great. We have a lot of potential on the team,” says coach Andrew Wheeler.
Last year, none of the swimmers qualified for the state competition. Wheeler is looking forward to the possibility of having several athletes participate in the state competition.
“I believe that several athletes have a good chance of qualifying for states especially with the new workout program we are starting this week,” says Wheeler.
“At both of our tri meets Ben Siemens has scored high points, as well as both Bridget Norman and Hannah Emami,” Wheeler added.
Sophomore Ben Siemens said “This season has been short so far, but we’ve had two good meets and everyone is improving exponentially as we continue through the season.”
With several new swimmers it was hard to predict the outcome so early in the season. The new additions to the team are improving rapidly according to junior Bridgette Norman.
“We have some brand new swimmers, but we’ve been training hard enough that some people can’t even tell the difference. Going from that, I think that the rest of our season is going to be challenging since some of us are still learning. But, we’ll definitely swim hard and have fun during it,” Norman said.
The team still has some big meets ahead of them. Since there are only two divisions for swimming, The Gregory School swim team is forced to compete against much larger schools.
“The hardest meets will be the ones against big schools. Since there are only two divisions in swim we have to go against big teams, not just small teams. Also every invitational meet will be hard. There are three of them and there will be lots of pressure, because you can only make a state cut in an invitational meet,” said freshman Hannah Emami.
Several swimmers compete individually rather than in relays.
“My season has gone well, but I need to work some more in practice to get state times,” said Siemens.
Siemens hopes to go to the state tournament and compete in several individual races as well as compete with the relay team.
There is still room for the team to improve as the season continues.
“I expect that the rest of the season everyone’s times will improve and hopefully we will send boys and girls relays and a few individual events to states” said Siemens. Hopefully this year we will have some swimmers attend the state competition.
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