Story by: Josh Imholte, Jacob Sprankle, and Abby Beauregard

The whistle blows. SPLASH! Swimmers dive into the blue, chlorine-infested water. Senior Josh Brumagin slices through the water like a hot knife through butter as he comes up closer and closer to the two swimmers ahead of him. Closer. Closer. Closer. Josh comes out of the water.

“I’m really happy about my third place finish in the state meet & I’m really excited to see how much better I will be in this next year to come,” Josh said.

Josh wasn’t the only one that had success at the State Swim Meet. The whole team fought hard for their accomplishments.

“I was pleased with our performance at state because most of us were able to drop time in our races,” senior Kyle Cannon said.

Even if some of the swimmers didn’t do as well as expected, it was enough that the team performed well overall.

“I didn’t perform as well as I would have hoped to, but I was happy that Josh Brumagin was able to get a state medal,” junior Alex Wyatt said.

To these students, swimming is not just for recreation. These students don’t go to the Y so they can goof off in a pool. They go for the competition and the adrenaline off cutting the water and trying to win. For some, it’s been a lifelong escape.

“I grew up doing it and I’ve come to really love it as a sport and a way of life,” Josh sad.

Others love the sense of community that comes from being a part of the team, despite it being a fairly solitary sport.

“My favorite part about my season is all of the great friendships I’ve made. Hopefully I’ll keep in touch with some of my teammates for years to come,” Alex said.

As the season comes to a close, swimmers will have to find ways to stay in shape.

“During the off season I’ll be working out to get stronger so it helps me in the pool,” senior Marypat says.

Other swimmers will use the time off to work on technique.

“I mainly want to improve on my overall strength and perfect some of the flaws in my stroke,” Alex said.

“Our biggest strength is our boys team/boys relay. The only weakness is that our girls team is a bit young,” Alex said.