Risin into Fall: Girls Swimming and Diving

Gordon Redfield-Gale, Staff Writer

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The girls swim and dive team experienced tremendous success last year when they finished number 10 in the state, but that will not satisfy this exceptional squad.

“I hope that we finish in a way that reflects how we work,” senior diving captain Jamie Otwell said. “Hopefully we get first place at state.”

This ambitious attitude combined with the experience that the team possesses after a trip to state will be the key to another fantastic year for both the swimmers and divers.

There are high hopes for the team this season, but that is to be expected when so many members of a successful team return for another year.

Fresh off a strong individual season where she finished 11 in the state, expectations are especially high for Otwell, who is now in her final year with the team.

This group of girls takes on their challenges as a unit, and they will not allow the pressure to discourage any of their teammates.

“I think the fact that we are such a close team and that everybody knows and bonds with each other plays a big role in feeling accomplished and getting things done,” junior Erin Long explained. 

Last season, this camaraderie was evident at every single meet the team attended, where the girls cheered on their teammates with robust enthusiasm, and with a considerable part of that team returning, opponents might have to deal with a rowdy Wildkit team.

A large portion of the meets that this group will be a part of this season are at home, and feeding off of the energy of their supporters, this squad should be a force to be reckoned with. 

The Kits kick off their highly anticipated season on Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. when they square off against Loyola in the Burton Aquatic Center.