Swim Team Breaks Records


The Swim team started their season with a remarkable show of team work and drive during competition. They embarked on their trip to Lubbock Texas to compete in the swim meet. Upon their return we learned that they not only competed but ended up breaking all previous records. Those include the Boys 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay and the Girls 200 Free Relay. Not only were team records broken but new individual ones were set as well.

Despite the competition the girls were able to perform and set a record for their team.

“In prelims, we weren’t seeded first going into finals, so we were a little skeptical about whether we were actually going to break it or not,” Girls team captain Marissa Carlson said. “We really tried our hardest and raced and were really happy when we broke the record.”

As teams competed throughout the meet, the Boys team ended up breaking three records of their own.

“The 200 Medley Relay was 1.35.10, the 200 Yard Free Relay was a 1.24.23 and I believe the record before then was a 1.26, which was well over a second, and the 400 Free Relay was 3.06.05,” Boys team captain senior Jacob Powell said.

Along with the new team records, certain members obtained individual achievements too.

“The 100 back [stroke] became a new meet record, with the time of 51.85,” Powell said

New records for the 100 Free Lead Off and 50 Free Individual were set at the meet as well.

“The 100 Free Lead Off became a new school record, a new team record, a new pool record, like that was a really big part of the accomplishments made,” Powell said.

The event surrounding the 50 Free Individual was swam and beaten by a member of the Boy’s team.

“It was exciting,” Boys team captain senior Caleb Duncan said. “I was ready to race, so I stepped up on the blocks and when the buzzer went off, I just dove in and went as fast as I could. I knew that my team mates were cheering on for me and I just wanted to do the best I could.”

They left Lubbock glad to have accomplished all that they did. Their victory was won and only continued to grow with their beat of the district within the diving and swimming categories on Saturday January 19.

“Our team in general did very well,” Senior Jordan Hennig said. “I’m very proud of them, and we did a lot better than we have in the past. We knew we had a lot of competition going in to it, so having a girl and boy victory was something we knew we had to do, and we did it.”

The team had to have members pass a certain requirement in order to secure a place at regionals after winning district.

“You have to get top eight to get points and we had the most people in the top eight,” Senior Patrick Cramer said

A few of the events won at district included the 100 Breast, 200 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 500 Free etc. Members of the team are excited to continue the season in hopes of doing well at both region and state.

“This is only the beginning of our championship season and we are definitely going to keep moving up from here,” Hennig said. “Good things are coming our way.”