Everyday after school, 17 swimmers fill the lanes of the UNO pool. With state lingering in the back of their minds, this year, they are not holding back. Ready to break records, this year will be one for the books.
The swim season lasts through Nov. 30 to Feb. 23, which are the state finals at Devaney Center in Lincoln. The Dec 29 meet against Lincoln Southwest is a duel at UNO at 2:15p.m. This is senior night and is a boss point event. “I have my lucky earrings that I wear to every single meet. They are winning earrings for sure.” said sophomore Maddie Clark.
The swim team has many traditions they participate in before a big meet, including: pasta dinners the night before a big meet, swim retreats, sleepovers, team and morning breakfast time after dry land practices. “We have our tiki, which is like a little coconut man that we bring to every meet for good luck.” sophomore Rylee Trojan said. These are the things that bring the team together.
The swim team has 17 swimmers and four divers this year. Coming from 30 girls last year, this was a big change to get used to and crucial to aim for more success in team and personal goals. The swim team practices from 4 – 6 p.m. every week Mon-Fri, from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday and 6 – 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for morning dry land practices.
“We begin as a group of individuals and become a team with so much depth and potential, and it is always amazing to go through the process and become closer with each other,” senior Bethany Bespoyasny said. With all the team bonding and early morning swim practices, the swim team gets ready for the season.
“I think the thing that I have to work on the most this season is my catch for freestyle and butterfly. When I get that down, I will be able to pull more water and go a lot faster. I think positivity is also a big thing that we have to work on, and from what I’ve seen this year, we are getting so much better at it,” Bespoyasny said.
With the swim season just starting, the team has already broke records. “My relay broke a record this year. We were ecstatic and that win just got us hyped for the rest of the meet.” Clark said.
With positivity shining through, hard work at practices and bonding bringing the team closer, the swim team is ready for the season ahead of them. Bespoyasny, “I am excited for this season and can’t wait to see what it has to offer for the team and I.”
The swim team practices from 4 -6 p.m. every week Mon-Fri, from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday and 6 – 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for morning dry land practices.