Freshmen Dive Into Marian’s Waters

By J1 Reporter Mariana Inciarte-Balza

The nerves, preparation, and hard work all paid off for some of Marian’s Swim/Dive Team’s newest members. On the mornings and

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Madeline Clark enjoying her sport swimming butterfly. Photo courtesy of freshman Katie Hendrick.

nights of Monday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Nov. 14, Marian girls underwent the swimming/diving tryouts. The weightlifting morning portion of the tryouts were held at Marian and the swimming night portion was from 4 to 6 p.m held at the UNO (University of Nebraska at Omaha) pool. In a setting between a large crystal blue pool and a small, well-lit weight room, Coach BJ Christiansen, head coach of three years, supervised everything in the tryout process.  

“I was nervous the days and even hours before tryouts, and I could barely put my cap on; my hands were shaking so bad when it was time to get in the water,” freshman Jessica Brusnahan said.

Eleven freshmen successfully made the team, and among them were Jessica Brusnahan Maddie Clark, who strived to do their best during tryouts. Both girls went through rigorous preparation: swimming four to six times a week and sacrificing sleep to practice at 5 a.m.

“After the last practice tryout at UNO, BJ told us to go get changed in the locker room slowly. When we came back out of the locker room, the results were posted on a wall next to the locker room door. On a piece of paper, there were the names alphabetically of all the people who made the team. When I saw my name on the list, I was ecstatic,” Clark said.

Both girls have swam competitively for GOAL (Greater Omaha Aquatic Leopard Sharks) but slowly began swimming at a young age, with Brusnahan starting at her local pool, Keystone, and Clark at the YMCA. When they swim competitively, Clark swims both backstroke and butterfly and Brusnahan normally swims butterfly, but has been working on her sprints in freestyle.

Brusnahan tried out for Marian with a purpose. “I prepared myself for years before I tried out for Marian swimming because I’ve been dreaming of winning a state championship for my school for as long as I can remember.”

They are extremely excited for what’s to come for the season especially bonding with teammates at swim meets and practices, and even outside of the water.

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