Well, this will be the first --- and last --- time I will write about our annual Varsity Banquet. These banquets are always fun, but this one was bittersweet as it was the last of my high school swimming career. It is always a special treat to get together with my teammates at these events. Usually, our time together is in the pool and it rarely occurs that all of us can mix and mingle on a purely social basis. At these banquets, our coach, Sandra, always gives a very flattering speech about each of us --- even if we messed up a few times. She’s good at this inspirational stuff and we all appreciate it. Coach also told us that, of all the teams in our school, the Girls Swim Team has the best academic record this year. A bunch of us got little "scholar-athlete" pins for this. These banquets are also the time when a few swimming awards are given out. I was very flattered this year when a teammate and I were given “Most Valuable Swimmer” trophies. That made me feel really good. My teammates and I that broke the school record for the 200 medley relay also received trophies. Finally, because of my performance at the annual Sectionals meet, I received medals for how well I did in the 100 fly and 200 free. So, it was a great banquet --- socially as well as from the point of view of making me feel like I may have gotten a little bit faster in the past year or so. It’s too bad it will be the last one. But life goes on. New adventures lie ahead…
2019 Varsity Banquet
2019 Varsity Sectionals Finals Meet
Wow! What a great meet and what a great way to end my high school swimming career! I medaled in all four of my events! In the 100 fly I made a personal best of 1:01.66 which got me first place (Sectional Champion!) in that event for the meet. My coach said she was crying because she was so happy. I think it has been a long time since someone from our school made first place in an event at a Sectionals meet. I did OK in the 50 free and came in third. The heat for this event was kind of slow. Five girls were in the 25’s during prelims and only two were in that range in the finals. I think the same thing happened last year. People say that this pool is slow for some reason or other. I was on our relay teams for both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. We made second place on both these events. Our time of 1:54.08 in the medley relay prelims is now a record for our high school. My split time for the fly in this event was 27.16 which I was pretty proud of. It makes me happy that my name will be on the record board in the school pool! I wonder how long it will be there…
So, I’m feeling good about swimming right now and am looking forward to swimming in college and to continuing to compete with the FSM national team.