Swimmers prepare for regionals

After girls’ swim team placed second and boys fourth in Districts last weekend, the team continues to work towards scoring high in Regionals on Saturday.

The team practiced at the Florida Tech pool  Monday and Wednesday and at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach on Tuesday and Thursday for about an hour and 15 minutes each day.

“We’ve been tapering, which means we have shorter practices where we focus more on sprinting and technique,” captain Kelly Stokes said.

Stokes also expressed enthusiasm about practicing at these pools because they are heated, saying that it helps the team “not get destroyed” by the cold water like during their usual practices pool at Fee Avenue Park.

A total of 16 swimmers will compete in Regionals including freshman Emily Dubek-Hunter, Rebecca C., Gillian F., senior Nikki Gregory, sophomore Rosalie Heninger, junior Callie Heuser, freshman Gabby Jefferson, senior Bernadette Murphy, freshman Kayla Stevens, sophomore Erich Heinricher, senior Benjamin Heuser, sophomore Kyle Landis, junior Dane Price, junior Trevor Stamand and Connor S.

“I was honestly pretty surprised that I placed so high, but it made me a lot more confident about myself,” eighth-grader Rebecca C. said after learning she is to swim on Saturday.

By Tania Martin

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