Star Hill Athletic Center in Tolland, where the girls practice.
Star Hill Athletic Center in Tolland, where the girls practice.
Emily Porter

Girls Swim Speeds into Their Season

The SWHS girls swim team’s season started on August 28th with practice taking place at Star Hill in Tolland. The team’s first swim meet was against Conard on September 12th. 

“I’m excited for this new chapter, a little sad that this is ending, but I’m swimming in college so hopefully I’m not done swimming. My goal for this season is to set the 50 free record,” Katie Vieria, senior captain, says. She reflects on past seasons, saying, “It’s been really fun, I made a good group of friends. The more friends you have, the more fun it is. We cheer each other on!

The season has kicked off with a strong start, with Coach Laura McLaughlin leading the girls to success. Practices are everyday, where the girls practice a variety of strokes and skills. Twice a week they have dryland, where they practice on-land skills like running and endurance exercises. Occasionally the girls have practice on Saturday mornings, which continues to push their limits and make them better swimmers. 

The new freshmen have also been working hard for the season. On the topic of the team’s first meet, Sharda says that she is “extremely nervous . . . [but] I’m excited for spirit days and pasta parties!”

With the wave of new freshmen, the team’s future looks bright. They will continue to practice hard and get faster in the water, and everyone is excited to make new friendships and become a better team together. 

The girls will continue to work hard preparing for future competitions and eventually the CCCs, (Central Connecticut State Conference). The citizens of South Windsor wish the girl’s swim team good luck, and for them to have a great season!

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Emily Porter
Emily Porter, Staff Writer
Emily Porter is a sophomore at South Windsor High School. She’s on the swim team at the high school and swims outside of the school as well. In her free time, she’s either reading, writing, or chilling in bed with her cat. Emily began reading avidly at a young age, which shifted into a love for writing during quarantine. She continues to work on her writing skills when she can, and likes dabbling in other creative things like knitting and drawing.