Boys swimming wins third at state

(Izzie Tasse) Boys swimmers prepare for state at a practice in the VHE pool. The team won conference and sectionals, and placed third at state in their championship competition.
(Izzie Tasse) Boys swimmers prepare for state at a practice in the VHE pool. The team won conference and sectionals, and placed third at state in their championship competition.

The boys swim team successfully ended their season with a third place finish at the state meet.

The team had recently won both conference and sectionals. According to Michael Perry, junior, the team was calm going into the state meet and knew that this was just another business trip.

“We prepared for state the whole year, so the preparation wasn’t done right before state, it was in the training,” Perry said.

Perry swam the 100 fly, 200 free, 400 free relay and 200-medley relay.

“I was confident going into the meet, knowing that we had trained hard and that we would get results,” Perry said.

Along with placing third at state, the team was also able to break four school records in the process.

Perry won the 100 fly with a first place finish time of 50.78 seconds.

The team also did well in the 200 yard Medley Relay finishing with a time of 1.38.32 minutes and placing third in the event.

Rob McCabe, head coach, said he was very pleased with how well the team did, especially with how the seniors took initiative to keep the team spirit alive.

“Going into the season there was a lot of team spirit. [Seniors] Sam Balistrieri, Devon Brusnahan and Joe Stephenson all took the initiative to bond with the team and keep the spirit alive,” McCabe said.

To accomplish that, the team decorated a float for the homecoming parade, went out for breakfast and attended admiral games together.

Along with team spirit, Perry said that the seniors contributed energy to the team.

“The seniors did a phenomenal job this year They contributed an energy which I hadn’t seen on this team before,” Perry said.

According to Zach Hammond, junior, the team ended the season accomplishing their goals; on the podium at the state meet.

“We came into this season confident thinking that we were going do well, and I’d say we fulfilled our expectations,” Hammond said.

With only three seniors leaving the team, McCabe said next year’s team looks very promising and hopes to break a few more school records.

“Each year we try to improve for the past year and so I believe that we will have a very strong and committed team next year,” McCabe said.

by Nilesh Abraham

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