Swimmers ready

Captains of the girls varsity swim team prepare for the upcoming season.
Captains of the girls’ varsity swim team prepare for the upcoming season.

Sam Chacon ‘14 and Mary Hinton ‘14 are ready to swim to state this year and lead their team in a strong season as the varsity captains.

Chacon has been swimming competitively for about eight years now. When she was eleven she started getting more serious about swimming and her goals regarding the sport.

“I’d like to finish off this last year strong and remain doing well in school, make lasting memories with my best friends, and just try and be the best person I can be to all my peers. As for swimming I would like to make it to state in the hundred meter butterfly, fifty meter freestyle and one hundred meter freestyle and make it to finals in at least one of those events at state,” says Chacon.

The team practices together six times a week and usually competes in a meet every week during the season. Throughout the season the girls develop together and form a bond.

“Swimming is both a team sport and an individual sport; it’s nice because it pushes yourself to be the best you possibly can,” comments Dora Sterling ‘15.

“My expectations for the girls this year is to have a close knit team, to have the girls improve their times and to cheer their fellow swimmers and divers on at the meets,” states Chacon.

As a senior this is Chacon’s last year to be with the team and Coach Tom Byorick.

“Being on varsity all four years has allowed me to make long-lasting friendships. Tom is a great motivational coach and I wouldn’t have improved over the past four years if it wasn’t for him!” says Chacon.

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