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Smith Swimmers and Divers approach Wilds v. Bunches with Energy, Spunk, and Tremendous Swims & Dives

October 29, 2012

Picture of Wilds vs. Bunches 2011- taken by Helen Zhang

The Wild Bunch kicked off the competition season on October 26th, 2012 with energetic swims, bold and sassy cheers, and excellent sportsmanship!  Each team used their creative juices and collectively generated spunky cheers in which they “battled” at the beginning of the meet. Both coaches, Kim and Amanda, judged the cheers.  While both teams created unique ones, the Wilds edged out the Bunches due to having a little more attitude in their delivery.  Both teams well done!

Despite the team being “split,” the encouragement during swims and dives remained high.  Some of our swimmers and divers competed in certain events for the first time while others overcame nerves, gained experience racing, and excelled in their races.  There were many swimmers and divers who started off the season with season bests and strongest starts to the season.

Highlights from the meet:

The Wilds using “step-like” moves in their cheer.

The divers debuting four dives for the first time in a competition setting!  They remained cool, calm, collected and enthusiastic throughout their quick paced dives.  They even swam a leg of the 200 freestyle relay!  Garbo and Cecelia swam a combined 35.22 50 free and Vanessa swam a whole 50 free in 33.06!

The backstrokers Laura Nunnelly, Sarah Tucker, and Robin Currens all lead of the 200 Medley Relay with solid tempo and with times that were faster than last year at this point during the Wilds vs. Bunches meet.  Sarah Tucker also improved her times in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke by half a second.  Christina Goethel went a solid 37.23 in the backstroke leg of the Medley Relay despite being sick the day before; truly a team player! Kelsey Swensen had a tremendous meet chopping fourteen seconds off her time in the 500 free from last year’s meet (5:52.04 from 6:06.51) as well as her 200 free time (2:12.19 from 2:18.47).  Kyle Boyd dropped three seconds from her 200 free and four seconds from her 500 free.  Jill Anderson swam within five seconds of her best time in the 200 free, 2:49.54.    In the 100 breast, Helen Zhang swam a 1:26.82 from a 1:31.64 and in the 200 br 3:11.59 from 3:19.27.  Emily Lane and Ayla Staelin-Lefsky swam best times in their non-prime events of the 200 backstroke and 100 backstroke (2:39.64 and 1:28.88)!   Claire Dudek swam within a second of her personal best time in the 100 freestyle (1:03.71).  Olivia Bannon also swam her second fastest 200 breast time of 2:42.89 (twelve seconds faster than she was at this time last year!)  Overall, the swimmers and divers demonstrated superior team spirit, solid swims and dives, tenacious racing, and a driving potential to have another amazing season!

We are excited to see what they will continue to produce in practices and meets before Betty Spears @ Wellesley this Saturday 11/3 and our first Home meet against Springfield on 11/6.  We hope to see you there in the stands supporting Smith Swimming & Diving!

 

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