Women’s swim hope for Conference champions

Calum Shank
Video Editor

Senior Lili Gregov before swimming the 100 yard backstroke at Webster University versus Kirkwood on Nov. 30. Photo by Naia Kniker

Women’s swim team has recently kicked off its season with a 1-3 record. The team placed sixth at the 2021 State meet last season at the Saint Peters Rec Plex on Feb. 20.

The girls started their season off rough with back to back losses against Kirkwood and Mehlivlle on Nov. 30, and on Dec. 2. They then bounced back with their first win against Parkway Central on Dec. 9. 

“I do know the girls have their sights set on being Conference champions, and they can absolutely accomplish that if they keep up the hard work they have been putting into practices and meets. We have a very strong dedication on this team, and that will help quite a bit as we go. In terms of needs, so long as their passion, drive, hard work, and determination don’t falter in the face of adversity, I think they can pull it off,” Assistant Coach Evyn Spencer said. 

The team won the Conference meet last season for the third straight year on Feb. 3, at Clayton High School. This season’s conference meet is scheduled for Feb. 2-3 at Rockwood Summit. The team’s State Championship meet is scheduled for Feb. 18-19 at St. Peters Rec Plex. 

“One of my favorite memories has been going to state with the team. Not only is it a high level of competition but it’s a great community for people from all over,” senior captain Libby Seitz said. Seitz’s relay of Lilijana Gregov, Elisabeth Ragan and Parker Hagemann were State champions in the 400 freestyle relay in the 2020 season. 

“As a captain, I really just want to be there for all my teammates and be supportive. I want everyone to be able to swim well and meet their goals, so my main focus is just to push everyone to work hard and have fun,” senior captain Ally Marshall said. 

“It seems we picked up quite a few freshmen and sophomores this year, which is always so helpful in building a solid team that carries into the future. Some impactful swimmers we have so far (and that I anticipate will continue to impact the team) are Sonia Archambault, Karson Bluette, Alissa Crespi, Charlotte Collier, Sophia Lamitola, Olivia Fisk, and really any of the girls as they add to our depth which is a direct contributor to success in meets,” Spencer said. 

“Some things that I am looking forward to this season is getting to see my teammates get their best times and qualify for state at the end of the season. Also going to state and cheering on my team,” sophomore Sophia Lamitola said. 

“Overall, the main team goal is that the girls want to have fun. That is guaranteed to happen, which is always really nice to see and my favorite thing about coaching. I have always believed that the best teams are the ones who don’t solely focus on wins and make sure to make an effort to have a well-rounded team,” Spencer said.

Calum Shank – Video Editor

This will be Calum Shank’s first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his freshman year.

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