Swim team works for improvement after loss of seniors

Webster swim team swims against Parkway Central High School at Webster University. (Photo by Samantha Brown)

Samantha Brown
Web Editor

“Swimming is a unique sport in where I make workouts for the girls,” said head coach Dan Broshears. “Really it is their work that makes the improvements.”
The team practices Monday- Friday after school and on Saturdays. The swimmers swim about three miles per practice. On most meet days, the team practices in the morning from 5:30- 7 a.m.
“We design and plan the workouts to help maximize their endurance and speed; however if they don’t do the work, they don’t get the results,” Broshears added. “You cannot control what happens outside of your lane lines.”
Sophomore Christy Manuel said she had been swimming since she was five. “I prepared myself for the season by playing JV volleyball team and by swimming on the summer league.”
“I started swimming during the summer in sixth grade,” said freshman Courtney Vitale. “I swim during the summer with Webster recreation and usually I swim with Spirit in the winter. I joined the swim team because I love the water.”
“I joined high school swim team because I went to a basketball open gym and shot at the wrong basket, so I figured swimming might work out better,” said sophomore Kelsey Moore. “I started swimming when I was 11 on a summer swim team because my friends did it and my dad was a swim coach. “
The swimmers each keep track of their scores, three points for coming in first place, two points for second place, and one point for coming in third place.
“This year I think we have done good considering the amount of seniors that left, newcomers that joined and lack of club swimmers,” Moore added.
“We look for each girl to improve on what they are doing and you add all of those individual improvements together and you get team improvements or successes,” Broshears said.

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