SWHS girls' swim team hopes to improve on last year's tournament results
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 27, 2011
The South Windsor High School girls’ swim team had its first loss of the season on Oct. 25, versus rival Glastonbury High School, falling 84-97.
“While the meet was our first loss, the girls stepped up and did a tremendous job competing,” said coach Heather Lodge. “I think the Glastonbury meet really allows the girls to race some of the best swimmers in the entire state.”
“It’s a good meet to come to,” said SWHS Athletic Director Chris Wanner. “There’s a lot of close competition.” Star Hill Athletics in Tolland serves as SWHS’ home pool, and it was filled with spectators on Oct. 25.
It was an exciting meet, with several close races. South Windsor’s Lauren Branscombe won the 100-meter freestyle race by just hundredths of a second, and SWHS’ Michelle Robidoux won the 100-meter butterfly by a touch out.
SWHS’ Christine Lenkeit won the 100-meter backstroke race, and with her smooth, long strokes won the 500-meter freestyle race by half a lap. “I like the sport because it’s competitive, but still friendly,” said Lenkeit, a junior.
Freshman Lauren Glick decided to become a diver after seeing that the team was losing points last year by not having a diving team. Even though SWHS has fewer divers than most teams, she knows that she can still make a difference of one or two points each meet. Glick also swims butterfly and backstroke. Speaking about diving, she said, “You can do a whole bunch of stuff you never thought you could do, once you get over the mental block.”
Freshman Heather McCann joined the divers as a switch from gymnastics. “I wanted to do something challenging,” said McCann. Her forward inward tuck scored 4s during the diving portion of the meet. She also fills in on the team, swimming breaststroke and freestyle.
According to Lodge, the team is looking ahead to CCC North championships, where all of the athletes will be competing. The team hopes to improve on its third place overall last year, which was the first year for the SWHS swim team.