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Weaver participates in her event, the 200 IM.

Weaver participates in her event, the 200 IM.

Jessica Belle Kramer

Jessica Belle Kramer

Weaver participates in her event, the 200 IM.

Sarah Pickel, Staff Writer

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The girls swim team is over halfway through the season and the team is hard at work as they prepare for the Conference meet on February 7th. This year is the second year under head coach Grant Gaumer (Social Studies Department) and assistant coach Cindy Malin (P.E. Department). This year the girls are working hard to drop times and set new personal records.

“The season is going pretty well so far. We lost a lot of strong swimmers because they graduated, so we are working extra hard to make up for that,” Jennie Weaver (11) said.

The girls practice everyday and swim anywhere from 5000 to 8000 yards. The sets vary day to day, sometimes more heavy on sprints or distance, and other times focusing on kicking and giving the shoulders a rest.

“This year, Coach Gaumer makes the sets for practice and keeps track of our times, while Coach Malin helps with our technique,” Weaver said.

The combination of the efforts from both coaches allows the girls to really have a strong stroke and prepares them for races. The more they practice and the more they compete, the more chances they have to drop time and possibly qualify to compete in the state meet.

In addition to the hard work the girls put in everyday, the team also focuses on being close and always cheering for each other. They have “Splash Buddies,” an older or younger swimmer specifically to cheer on. The buddies also get gifts for each other on meet days, just to give them a little reward for all their efforts put into the sport.

As the season comes to an end, the girls are pushing themselves to drop that extra second or two in order to be at their best for the upcoming conference meet.

Come out and see the girls in action before the season ends, Senior Night is January 30th and Conference is February 7!

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