Women’s swimming beats last year’s record

Eleanor Marshall
Contributing Writer 

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Junior Katherine Kempf dives into the second lane as freshman Parker Hagemann hits the water in the fourth lane for the 100-meter Butterfly at its Dec. 13, home meet against Oakville. Photo by Greg Frazier.

Women’s swim team is making a splash this season with a 2-2 record with four meets left. This is better than last year, when there was not a single win.

Rosie Ryan, sophomore swimmer, said, “The difference is commitment. Everyone that swims this year takes it seriously, and if they don’t, they just don’t swim in meets. (The girls) have worked hard for (their) success this season.”

During winter break swimmers had “Hell Week” (practices from 9-11 a.m.), and during the normal school week, they have practice from 3-5 p.m.  

Also several girls swim all year for club teams like Clayton Shaw Park (CSP) and Flyers Aquatic Swim Team (FAST).

Parker Hagemann, freshman swimmer on Webster and CSP, said it’s “more fun and competitive” when racing against club team members, whether they swim for Webster or another high school, during meets.

Some stars on the team this year are senior and co-captain Haley O’Brien, junior Katherine Kempf, sophomore Kendra Howard and Hagemann. Those four ladies made it to state in the 400 Freestyle relay. Howard also made it to State individually this year in the 200 IM (individual medley) and the 200 Freestyle.

Gigi Littleton, junior swimmer, said the hardest part of swimming is that practice is never cancelled. She said, “Unlike other sports, we have practice rain or shine.”

While practice can sometimes be hard, it is also a lot of fun. Ryan and Littleton agreed the best part of swimming for WGHS is “the sisterhood.” The team has pasta dinners before each meet.

The head coach is Dan Broshears. There is also a new assistant coach, Zach Smith (not the one who works at WGHS).


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