SPORTS: Girls Swim Team Dives Into Fall Season

photoBy Morgan Hessessey – Columns Editor

Jonathan Law’s girls swimming and diving team is leaping into the season with high spirits and a myriad of goals.

Senior captains Angelica Loma, Melissa Hanania, Kelsey Kopazna, and Phoebe Herbert will lead the 40 member team this season.

“It exposes more girls to the sport, teaches them commitment and dedication, hard work and it’s a great workout too,” head coach Ms. Paolini said. “Our girls are a family and it is important for everyone to have a safe place to go and people they can turn to, our team provides all of that and more.”

Paolini is encouraging the girls to qualify for states and to improve from last year’s swim season.

The team ended last season with four new school records last and they hope to break those records and then some this year.

Members of the team all work to help better each other’s performance with aim to reach those goals. The team achieved many personal bests in their season-opening meet last week against Mercy.

“I tried to swim very hard in that meet,” senior Elizabeth Jenkins said. “Seeing the other girls swim in the lanes during the relay pushed me even harder.”

Jenkins won the team’s Most Valuable Player award for the Mercy meet. She hopes to qualify for SCCs for the first time this year. Hannah Savoie was the MVP for their second meet against Sacred Heart.

All team members are excited that meets have started and they are determined to reach their personal and team goals.

“My goal this season is to beat the school record for the 50 meter freestyle,” Herbert said.

A goal for the entire team is for them to beat rival team Foran at the end of the season.

“As a team captain, I hope to make everyone on the team beat their personal records and school records,” Hanania said.

Hanania swims the 200 meter relay, and sometimes the 100 meter exhibition.

“My favorite thing about swim team is how everyone is one big happy family, we all support each other and we all just love each other,” Hanania said.

The teammates enjoy the quality time they spend with one another at their daily practices and all their pasta parties.

“We get to meet new people and we learn new things everyday,” junior Maria Finitsis said.

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