Swim team competes at state Feb. 22-23

Abby Knowles, Feature Editor, Ads Manager

Twelve swimmers advanced to state after the swim team won district Feb. 9.

“Our goal for the season was for all of our relays place third or above in state,” Coach Raffaeli said.

The swim team is one step closer to their goal after all of their relays advanced to state.

“I was extremely proud of the 400 free relay for getting third,” swim team captain and senior Isabella Volkl said.  

Swimmers that advanced to state are Lindsey Thompson, Isabella Volkl, Maddie Ibrahim, Kayleigh Rago, Jack Hanna, Hanna Brown, Chris Flynn, Sydney Sanders, Everett Fitzpatrick, Brandon Mass and Sammi Bassman.

“I’m preparing for state by practicing every day, twice a day,” sophomore Hanna Brown said.

Sophomore Maddie Ibrahim broke the school record in 100 meter backstroke with 58.8 seconds. She was the first swimmer to break the previous minute record.  To prepare for region Ibrahim practiced twice a day, swam over the summer, and ate healthy.

“My favorite part about being on the swim team is spending time with such hard working and dedicated people,” Ibrahim said.

Swim team is preparing for state by customizing there training routine to focus on relays and stroke technique. Swimmers that qualified for state are practicing on their own, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.

“For state I am practicing before and after school every day, eating healthy and getting lots of sleep,” senior Chris Flynn said.

All swimmers are happy to have qualified for state, but are sad that the season is coming to a close.

“They  are such such a fun and hard working group of people and this year we have grown extremely close. When I look back on my swimming I know I won’t miss the sport as much as the people on it and all the great times we had together,” Volkl said.