Swim Team Looks Back on Respectable Season
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Although the Beachwood Swim Team did not make it to the state tournament this year, the swimmers still have much to be proud of.
Senior Elizabeth Morris and junior Lindsey Guth qualified in their individual events during sectionals. Morris went on to districts for her 100 fly and 200 free. Guth went for 50 and 100 free.
Coach Brad Burget explained that success in swimming takes a tremendous amount of practice time. “The kids that worked put in their time and did a good job.” At sectionals, “three boys relays and two girls relays made districts and we all dropped time at the meet,” said Burget. “I was happy at the end.”
Junior captain Harley Schoen said that she is very proud of her team despite the fact that they did not make it to states. She is very impressed with everyone’s efforts this year as well.
“Wes Darvin [sophomore] has come really, really far this year. He has worked on his breaststroke and he was the only boy to individually qualify for districts,” said Schoen. But hard work is not all these swimmers do.
“We had a shaving party,” said Schoen. “Everyone shaves for sectionals and districts. It was funny to see the boys shaving. I got to see Dean [Granot] and Max [Schoen] shave at my house and their legs were bleeding because they didn’t know what they were doing. The girls were just having fun and threw shaving cream all over each other. It’s more of a mental thing that shaving hair off of your body takes off time, but it’s kind of a tradition. The hair on your body causes drag, which is also the reason girls wear swim caps.”
Schoen identified Morris as a swimmer who plans to swim in college.
“I remember Notre Dame College was at one meet,” said Schoen, “and they were talking to [Morris], so hopefully she reaches her goals and goes far in college because she definitely has the potential to be even better than she is. She is already an unbelievable swimmer, but she has the potential to be so much better.”
“We were pretty awesome,” said Senior Captain Kei Hitomi. “We were able to swim a lot faster at districts. We dropped our time by… four seconds I think. So the fact that everyone improved is really great.”
Schoen and Hitomi explained, “Ever since our new coaches have come into the program, we’ve been improving more and more. [We are] proud of everyone.”