SPORTS: Girls Swimming & Diving Excited For Season
By Ian Hugo – Sports Editor
The Jonathan Law girls swimming and diving team is ready to make a splash this season.
The team, who has already competed in three meets against Sacred Heart, Lauralton Hall, and North Haven, are eagerly anticipating the season ahead and are looking to win meets and break personal records with their returning swimmers.
“As always our goals are to improve on our times from last year,” said Ms. Paolini, who has been head coach of the team for the past 11 years. “Winning a couple meets would be a bonus but beating the clock is the ultimate victory.”
The team is led by senior captains Haley McNulty, Kelly Scianna, and Alyssa Paladino who are enthusiastic about this upcoming season and about making the girls feel comfortable on the team as well.
“My goals for this season are to have all of the new swimmers feel at home on the team,” Paladino said. “I want them to work hard, get good times, and come back next year because they enjoyed it so much.”
The captains have their sights set high this season, with the entire team qualifying for SCCs and shedding time off of their personal bests a recurring theme amongst the senior trio.
“I’d like to see the girls improve their times and have everyone qualify for SCC trials,” McNulty said. “I’d really like to get my 50 free time under a 27 and possibly even break another school record for it.”
According to Paolini, Scianna, McNulty, sophomore Pamela Olmos, and sophomore Hannah Savoie who competed at the Class M meet last year will be crucial to the team’s successes this season as well as the team’s three divers.
“Many boys teams do not have three divers and some have none. But with girls, you need to have divers to compete,” Paolini said. “We are very fortunate to have three competitive divers in Arielle Eighmy, Maddie Sosa, and freshman Christina Gleason.”
Although the season has just started, captains say the team is already very close thanks to team bonding events such as pasta parties and fundraisers.
“The team has bonded through some pretty fun and interesting pasta parties, to the point where we are on the ground laughing. For late practices, we stay after school together and do homework, but also talk to one another about whatever we need to,” said Scianna. “The team has perfectly meshed together through how much time we spend together! Even when we don’t have a swim obligation to attend, the girls still hang out with one another.”
The team is excited about their meets this season and most looking forward to their meet against Foran, amongst others.
“I’m very excited for our meet against Foran because like every other sports team it’s a crosstown rival and I’m really hoping we can win against West Haven this year,” junior Abby Williamson said.
Paolini urges students to get down to the pool at Foran and cheer on the team at their meets this year, especially at their senior night against crosstown rivals Foran on October 27 at 6 p.m.
“Let’s get the Bomb Squad to a meet to support these girls. Anyone who has tried to be a part of a swim team at Law knows that it is hard work,” said Paolini. “These girls work so hard and would love the support of their peers.”
Check out the team’s full schedule here: http://bit.ly/1QAYVae