Swimming to Victory

A typical swim meet consists of 11 events-- eight individual and three relay. The four competitive swimming stroke are freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke.(Photo Courtesy of Mariana Herrera Caro)A typical swim meet consists of 11 events-- eight individual and three relay. The four competitive swimming stroke are freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke.(Photo Courtesy of Mariana Herrera Caro)

 

On November 16, 2016 the Leesville Road High School Women’s Swim Team traveled to their first meet. Sanderson was the host of the meet, and it took place at the Triangle Aquatic Center (also known as TAC).

Ashley McCauley, a sophomore, looked forward to competing at the meet. “I am so excited! I really love the team. We have a lot of spirit and we have a lot of new people, so I’m looking forward to see how we do tonight,” said McCauley.

The meet lasted about 4 hours, consisting of events ranging from 50 Freestyle to 200 Medley Relay.

Preparing for meets is no easy task. School swimmers usually practice between 5-10 hours a week, and in addition to this, year-round swimmers often have to balance club swimming and school swimming. Practice starts at around 5:30 in the morning and lasts until 6:30 — leaving the team about another hour to get ready, eat breakfast and drive to school.

The Leesville Women’s team finished first with a score of 196.0, Sanderson came in second with 118.0, Millbrook 113.0, and Wakefield 78.0.  In each individual event, six points are awarded to the first place winner, four to second place, three to third place, two to fourth place, and one to fifth place.

Sydney Tucker, sophomore, is happy with the results of the meet. “I feel like, at least for the girls, that we did very well,” said Tucker.  “We were all cheering and supporting each other”.

The next meet will be held at the Triangle Aquatic Center, on December 5. Leesville will be competing against Heritage, Wake Forest, and Wakefield.

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