Suffield High School girls’ swim team is young and talented

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Sep. 29, 2011
Victoria Spencer of Suffield comes out strong in the backstroke against Windsor Locks. Photos by Kathy Elliott.
Victoria Spencer of Suffield comes out strong in the backstroke against Windsor Locks. Photos by Kathy Elliott.

First year head coach Jaymeson Horanzy and assistant coach Ashley Flemming began the Suffield High School girls’ swim season with a team of 28 swimmers and three divers. “Our greatest strength is our number of talented swimmers. We have a strong team, with many of the girls able to swim any event,” Horanzy said. “The group of freshmen we’ve got this year are all going to be great competitors.”

Suffield’s cohesive team approach secured a 12-3 2010 record. “Our team is very united, which helps during practice and especially during meets,” the coach said. “They are very supportive of each other.”

“Other than East Lyme [which the team faced early this season], Watertown, Torrington and Norwich Free Academy will be the most difficult,” Horanzy said about the upcoming schedule. “Last year the meets against East Lyme, Torrington and Watertown came down to only a few points. We are hoping those few points may swing in our favor this year.” Without a pool of their own to call home, Suffield meets are hosted at Windsor Locks High School.

Horanzy maintains rigorous practice schedules and conditioning exercises to bring the team to its highest level of performance. “Our overall goal this year is to maintain last year’s record, if not beat it, and finish top five at states,” she said. “To achieve our goals, we will have to practice hard and stay motivated. Everyone on the team will need to put in 100 percent effort at every practice to improve, and at every meet in order to beat the other teams.”

“Our captains, seniors Sarah Dallaire, Kirsten Dupuis and McKenna Tierney have really stepped up this year,” the coach said. “They have a great bond with the team and have shined as leaders. They know what needs to be done and do what they can to make it happen.”

Goal-oriented on and off the pool deck, the team takes pride in its successes. “We have one of the teams with the most scholar athletes, and a few girls in the National Honors Society,” Horanzy said.

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