Swim season strokes in, injuries follow

Pricilla Wu, 10 prepares to dive in for her race in the 100 yard  breaststroke at the Sectional meet. Last year Wu qualified for the  Southwest Ohio District Championships. Other than swimming with the high school team, she also swims for the Cincinnati Marlins. (Photo courtesy of Jean Wu).
Priscilla Wu, 10 prepares to dive in for her race in the 100 yard breaststroke at the Sectional meet. Last year Wu qualified for the Southwest Ohio District Championships. Other than swimming with the high school team, she also swims for the Cincinnati Marlins. Photo courtesy of Jean Wu.

  With the first practice in just three weeks the Varsity girls swim team is preparing for launch. From buying new practice suits to caps and goggles, the girls are doing everything to be ready to go on Nov. 4.

  “I bought a new practice suit because I needed one for this season, I also bought a new pair of goggles” said Isabelle Jimenez, 9.

  The team is excited to start practicing, however some are worried about past injuries that might return this season.

  “I had tendonitis in my knee which kept me out of practice in the past, I really hope I will be okay for this season though” said Jessica Wei, 10.

  Swimming causes a lot of stress on the joints in the body, especially the shoulders. According to Sports Health, 91 percent of elite swimmers ages 13 to 25 reported at least one episode of shoulder pain in the past year.

   “I have experienced shoulder pain when I am swimming, but I think that all swimmers do, its just a part of the sport” said Jory Gould, 10.

  However even though there is the risk of injury, the swimmers are very excited to start the season and are looking forward to racing again.

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