Women’s swimming defeated Hazelwood West at Webster University on Dec. 5. This was its first win of the season with a final score of 131-37. Photos by Lindsey Bennett
“We knew it was going to be one of the hardest of the season,” senior co-captain Grace Lock said about the opening women’s swim meet.
The team lost 69-101 to Kirkwood on Dec. 3. Despite the outcome, it still has high hopes for the season.
“We have depth in our team that no other team does,” senior co-captain Parker Hagemann said.
The number of swimmers was evident when the team faced Hazelwood West on Dec. 5, for its first home meet at Webster University. The outcome was 131-37 in favor of Webster. Almost the whole pool deck was swarmed with orange swim caps.
Hagemann accounts for only losing one senior last season, Kendra Howard, as a reason for the number of swimmers.
“We’ve gained at least six freshman who will swim at State,” Hagemann said.
Although competing and winning at State is the goal for the team, the co-captains express a desire for something else as well.
“We are hoping to have a really positive and fun environment for the whole season,” Lock said. “Every single swimmer, every girl has a role on the team whether it’s to go the fastest they possibly can or be cheering from the side.”
Hagemann said that the numbers of swimmers are important, but so is training.
“The training style this season might need to change,” Hagemann said.
Training is needed to accomplish the goals of the team this year.
“Last year we got third in State and this year we hope that we can win,” senior Elisabeth Ragan said.
The next meet is Dec. 17, at Pattonville High School.
Lindsey Bennett – Print Editor
This is print editor Lindsey Bennett’s second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.
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