In the 2012-2013 season the girl’s swim team continues to improve. With the team losing 13 seniors, they work with what they have and the whole team continues to drop times.
The swim team’s divers have had two girls qualify for state, Senior Nina Privitera and Junior Delaney Pummil. Coach Ailshire said she hopes to have them both place in the top 16 at State.
“Swim team is a great way to stay in shape and meet new people. I also love that I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight,” said Senior Kayla West.
Swimming might take a lot, but in the end it does pay off. Privitera has a scholarship at Missouri State for diving and the scholarship was a huge payoff from joining swim team.
To bond, the girls go to pasta parties and each have a “big sister” or “little sister” to give small gifts to before meets and give encouraging notes. The juniors and seniors play the role of the “big sister” while the freshman and sophomores are the “little sisters.”
Privitera said her most embarrassing moment was when she tried to do a reverse ½ and ended up doing a belly flop. It didn’t help that it was an invitational meet or her first year diving.
As scores and times continue to drop this season, there is a certain freshman that the team and coach are looking at to also qualify for state. Freshman Sarah Raymond is .10 of a second from qualifying in the 100 Fly and 9 seconds away in the 500 Free.
With the season only just over halfway, the girls have dropped their times, to the times they had hoped to achieve by the end of the season.
Next week begins “Hell Week,” morning and afternoon practices. This will hopefully help out the team in getting more girls to State.
By Erin McFarland