Swimming through preseason


Walton, Kamaria Christine

Jiho Choi, 12 competes in his best event- the 100 yard backstroke. Choi was a state qualifier for a relay as a freshman, however had to take a break from the sport due to injuries his sophomore year. As a senior, he hopes to return to the state meet.

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As the swim season progresses, the SHS training regime is gaining momentum. Led by head coach Dr. Daniel Carl and assistant coach Stephen Langdon, the team trains six days a week and lifts in the Gregory Center three days.
“Lifting is really important for swimming because it builds up muscles that are important to swimming but that you do not necessarily use in everyday practice. Cross training is always helpful for swimming,” said Sarah Abraham, 11.
Along with after school practice and lifting, the team has optional morning practices two to three mornings before school. These practices are stroke oriented and give the swimmers time to drill for their specialty events.
“The morning practices are good because, let’s say that you are a backstroker and you swim backstroke during practice but you are trying to improve your technique. During afternoon practice, when you are swimming backstroke fast, you focus on swimming fast not necessarily on technique. The morning gives you a chance to solely focus on that technique,” said Jannan Sivarubian, 12.
The team will compete in their first home meet on Dec. 22 . The regular season home meets act as duel meets in which SHS competes against one school. At these meets, each swimmer competes in two individual events and is qualified to compete in two relays.
“Duel meets are super fun because they give us a chance to get up and race some really fast swimmers on a regular basis. It prepares us for our championship meets.” said Abraham.
For more information on SHS swimming, click here.