Swimmers gain key confidence after meet

Heading into the penultimate meet of their season, the boys swim team is feeling confident after coming off of a fourth-straight Woodland Conference meet victory.“My favorite part of the meet was the end … The whole team was so excited about winning for a fourth year in a row,” said Charlie Phillips, junior.

Three key relay wins allowed the varsity team to pull away with victory, even though they did not win any individual events. The JV team did not win, but came away from the meet with individual victories.

Notable swims for the JV side were wins by Edison Wolnikowski and Eric Mueller, juniors, in the 500 free and 100 back, respectively. Evan Szablewski, freshman, won his first conference championship with the team.

“When we all jumped in the pool after we won it was really special because the whole team was together,” Szablewski said. According, Michael Perry, senior, he also had a meaningful moment after his final conference swim. My highlight was walking back over to the bench after anchoring the 400 free relay, … getting high fives from an ecstatic team the whole way,” Perry said.

As the team looks ahead to sectionals and state, they say they are looking forward to showing what they can do.”I’m really looking forward to tapering, … to have the extra energy to go faster than I have all season,” Phillips said.

Perry agrees.“This meet showed us that we are going to taper well and we just have to trust our training,” Perry said.

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(Sophie D’Amato) Members of the boys swim team cheer on Peter Rath, freshman, as he swims breaststroke at conference.

The sectional meet on Febrary 13 serves as a qualifying meet for the state competition. The boys hope to bring a large team to compete in Madison on February 20.

“Based on this year’s times and our training, … we’re looking forward to what we can do at sectionals and mostly state,” said Zach Hammond, senior.

The swimmers also think that the practices leading up to this point in will aid in their athletic ability.“We’ve worked really hard and seen a lot of great times this season … along with the taper I believe we can do really well in postseason,” Szablewski said.

Looking back on the year, the team regards it well.“I really enjoyed the season … I don’t want to see any of the seniors go: I can’t picture a team without them,” Phillips said.

“This season was great especially with Tom [Miazga, varsity coach,] … Everyone loved him and he made the season great,” Hammond said.

 

By Maya Schneider

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