This Thursday, December 8, the girls’ swimming team raced against the Lakewood Tigers. The Tigers are a 5A team so they had a larger team than the Lions. Going into the meet, the girls knew it was going to be harder to win, but were excited about more opportunities to race and practice. At the end of the day, the Lady Lionfish couldn’t make up for their lack in numbers and the Tigers walked away with the victory.
The team is really starting to bond and there was a noticeable difference in the energy of the pool this evening.
“I think we’ve been getting to know each other more as a team over the season and so there was a lot more cheering and a really positive atmosphere at this meet than the last meet,” said junior Lydia VanKooten.
Because it is the beginning of the season, many of the girls tried events that were completely new to them. This made for an exciting meet with many swimmers being challenged in new areas.
“I tried a new event- the 100 free which I haven’t actually swam in like 3 years. I will try and keep getting faster at that event for the individual and also the 4 x 100 free relay because we are trying to make state in that one too,” said senior Emily Sanders.
Even while some swimmers branched out of their comfort zones, there was a lot of success tonight and many girls have already qualified for state and improved their times. Varsity won the 200 Medley Relay and dropped several seconds and also won the 4×100 free relay. VanKooten dropped several seconds in the individual 200 IM, won the 500 free and improved her state qualifying time. Junior Reganne Fornstrom placed second and is just one second off of state.
The meet tonight was also exciting for the dive team. This year the lady lion fish divers have a large team full of experienced and new members. Senior Marina Cannon placed second and qualified for A leagues after only her second meet ever. In addition, seniors Jill Robb and Abi Goffinet dove in their first meets.
Despite losing the meet overall, the girls were thrilled to see their hard work pay off in competition this evening. They see the room to improve and are excited to get back to work at practice and make the season the best it can be.
“I think our strengths are that we all want to try new events and do what’s best for the team, especially during the meets. I think our weaknesses are sometimes being slow to get in and practice and really committing ourselves to our event and forgetting how hard we may think it will be!” said Sanders.