Swimming season settles after rocky start
BY BRITTANY PARKER ON JANUARY 24, 2014
For the Rose swim team it seems as though the season just started, even though it is already almost over. The team started off with a very rocky start due to the fact that they were missing half of their top swimmers due to NCAA swimming.
“As an athlete it’s important to compete at the highest level,” Coach Harvey said. “I completely understand swimmers putting USA swimming before high school swimming.”
At the very first swim meet, Rose won every single event. This guaranteed them a win against 12 different teams. After this meet, the season went into a spiral when prior commitments came into the picture.
“Its nice to see Rose kids successful outside of high school swimming...especially at the national level,” Harvey said.
Senior Ritvik Verma said that the team finally came back together the week before christmas break and showed the conference what team was on top. The men’s team came in a roaring first and the women’s team trailed right behind Conley for a close second place.
This meet was the first time Rose faced off against all the schools in their conference. Harvey said that he thinks this is the team’s first chance for men’s and women’s teams to win conference.
“It would be an amazing experience to be able to win conference for three out of the four years I have been swimming at Rose,” senior Eyan Eagle said.
The men’s team has come in first for the past two years, and is projected to do the same this year. Harvey said that with the talent the team has on the men’s team it is almost impossible for them to lose to anyone in their conference.
On the other hand the women’s team has come in a shy second for the past two years due to the size of their team. Junior Emmie Barnhill said that this year is looking a lot brighter for the women’s team due to some fast freshmen additions to the team and the extra numbers they have on the team this year.
“The girls team has always had enough talent to win and this year we finally have the numbers.” Barnhill said.
The teams has been working so hard to insure a win at conference champs that multiple girls came in over the break to work technique. They got extra help from some of the more experienced girls on the team to help them with small things that could help them win.
“Some of the girls on the team woke up extremely early over our break to come in and get help on their strokes,” sophomore Cary Pou said. “Every one of us is trying really hard to make sure we are prepared for the conference meet.”
Conference Championships will take place tonight at Minges natatorium. The swimming and diving team’s will compete against six other teams for the conference title. It will be a close one but hopefully a teamwide win.