Girls’ swimming dominates at Loomis Chaffee
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
On a roster filled with record-holders and all-star swimmers, the young women of Loomis Chaffee show no signs of inflated egos or superstar attitudes. Instead, the lady Pelicans keep their strokes even and tempers cool in a heated battle with tough competition.
Head coach Bob DeConinck credits much of the team’s success with each individual athlete’s willingness to contribute to the team as a whole. “These girls have a great work ethic and the determination to be the best that they can be,” DeConinck said. “We have great team spirit and camaraderie.”
That ethic, coupled with high-caliber athletes, has led the Pelicans to a current record of 5-2. With several key match-ups on the team’s schedule, DeConinck prepares the young women for intense competition, while strengthening individual talents. “Our chief rivals are Hopkins, Suffield Academy and Choate; and we look forward to competing in both the Founders League Championship and New England Championships,” DeConinck said.
Four members of the team were recently awarded the New England Pool and School Record in the 200m medley. Included on the relay team were Kendra Waters, Kaily Williams, Samantha Pierce and Sela Wang.
Striving to improve on all aspects of his team’s performance, DeConinck sees both turns and race finishes as areas to improve upon.
With the assistance of a supportive administration, the team has been able to upgrade much-needed equipment. “We have a new scoreboard and timing system, as well as a new record board,” DeConinck said. “The team has great support by the school and athletic department.”
Information on upcoming meets and current standings can be found at www.loomischaffee.org.
Loomis Chaffee Girls’ Swimming Head Coach Bob DeConinck
Number of seasons with team: 13
Goals for the season: “Individual improvement of team members throughout the season, excellent spirit and good sportsmanship, good teamwork and support of each other, Founders League champions and a Top 6 finish at New England’s,” DeConinck said.
Seniors: CeCe Coffey and Dana Hubbard
Complete schedule on www.loomischaffee.org
Samantha Pierce, Junior: A competitive swimmer since the age of 6, Pierce is a three-time New England champion and a 2009-2010 All-American in the 200-yard freestyle. Described by DeConinck as an extremely versatile swimmer, Pierce holds, or is part of, 12 school records. “Sam leads by example, and her work ethic in the pool is exemplary. She is strong and powerful and has the great ability to really know her pace in the water,” DeConinck said.
Sela Wang, Junior: Wang is determined to work herself back into shape after an elbow injury sidelined the swimmer in 2010. “Through hard work and strength-building, she is back in solid form,” DeConinck said. A New England finalist, Wang is a part of four school records and looks to again be a dominant force at the New England championships in the 100 backstroke, as well as the sprint freestyle events. Wang’s personal best in the 200 free is 151.6.