Swimming races into meet season

Jory Gould, 10 about to dive in for her 100 backstroke event. She swam this at the Southwest District championships. Gould practiced for the high school and is planning to do so again this. Photo courtesy of Jean Wu.
Jory Gould, 10, readies herself to dive in for her 100 yard backstroke event. She swam this at the Southwest District championships. Gould practiced for the high school and is planning to do so again this. Photo courtesy of Jean Wu.

The tryouts for Varsity swimming are on Nov. 1 and 2. The Varsity tryouts will start at 2:30 p.m. and will be run by Dr. Dan Carl, the head coach for the school.

“Tryouts help Carl assign lanes, he does it based on speed which is helpful because then you are practicing with people who are as fast as you and will push you,” said Mackenzie McMullen, 10.

Swimming for the Varsity team is a big commitment. Practices are every day after school from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings.

“It takes a lot of time and you have to sacrifice a lot but in the end it definitely pays off,” said Annie Moreno, 10.

Since swimming is so time demanding, it teaches swimmers how to manage their time.

“I have gotten a lot better at time management because of swimming, now I plan ahead and do my homework the day before if I know that I’m going to be busy the next day,” said Moreno.

With tryouts in just one week, the swimmers are enjoying their last few days of relaxation before they get back in the pool.

For more information about the Sycamore swimming program, visit http://sycamoreswimming.com/index.php.