Swim team optimistic about season end


Thousands of years ago, because of the human need to consume water or die, many ancient societies formed around places with substantial amounts of the liquid. Lakes, rivers, seas and the like provided these civilizations with the water they needed to live. Living near these large bodies of water, many members of these societies picked up a skill they have handed down to their descendants throughout the ages: the art of moving through water, or swimming.

One effect of this human legacy of swimming is the high school swim team, which has been doing exceptional this season.

“We’ve done really well,” Andrew Bowers, the team’s head coach, said. “The boys have won the last three meets, and the girls have come in second in the last three or four meets.”

Many swimmers are happy with how the team, collectively and individually, is doing this season.

“We’re actually doing very good,” junior Charles Espanola said. “We’re winning some races, people are beating their times, people are improving.”

Junior Tabatha Butcher believes that many things about the team are better this year. For one, this year’s swimming accommodations are better, as last year, the Simmons Center pool kept having problems.

“It kept getting leaks,” she said. “So we did dry land a lot, and last year we only had one home meet.”

Dry land practice, Butcher explained, consists of non-water related exercises such as running and ab work.

Butcher also feels that the team is bonding well this year.

“We’re all talking more,” she said. “Freshmen aren’t being ostracized as much. We’ve definitely grown as a team.”

With all of the team’s recent successes, the swimmers are excited for the state meet, which takes place on Feb. 21.

“I think we have a good chance to qualify a lot of swimmers,” Bowers said. “This is the best team we’ve had in quite a while.”

Espanola, who specializes in the backstroke, is working hard to make sure he swims his best at state.

“People have high hopes for me, because I can actually win state this year,” he said. “So I am stressing out. I’m trying to improve, I’m trying to practice as hard as I can and just do the best I can do. That’s my goal every meet, is just to beat at least one school record, one meet; that’d be good.”

Whether it’s an ancient Egyptian swimming across the Nile or an Olympic race for a gold medal, swimming has a legacy that spans nearly the whole history of the human race itself. The high school swim team is carrying on that legacy, and they’re doing well at it, too.