Windsor High School girls 'Swim for the Cure'
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
On Oct. 28, the Windsor High School girls’ swim team came together to honor its seniors and recognize breast cancer awareness. Organized by seniors Jelisa Harvey, Ericka Biagioni, Crystal Gilbert, Sonia Matias, Chandlyr Jackson and Sarah Whalen, the Swim for the Cure event accepted at the door donations to benefit the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Covered in posters honoring team seniors, the pool deck took on a spirit of hope. Taking the water against Somers/Enfield/East Windsor, the Lady Warriors made a splash in a sea of pink swim caps, eventually capturing the win.
Proud of her senior leaders, coach Ericka Fangiullo commented on the contributions each girl has brought to the WHS swim program. “Ericka Biogioni adds depth in butterfly and sprint freestyle, she is a hard worker,” she said. “Sarah Whalen possesses natural leadership skills as first year senior she is always willing to help, a true hard worker. Crystal Gilbert has complete dedication to the team. Jelisa Harvey is our most improved and shows great leadership. Captain Sonia Matias is a dedicated and organized leader. Finally, co-captain Chandlyr Jackson - a former diver turned swimmer - is a smart, dedicated, hard worker and much improved.”
At the Swim for the Cure event, each senior was asked for their favorite moment on WHS swimming or the best advice Fangiullo ever gave. Harvey, a freestyle and butterfly competitor, said, “Coach taught me to stay positive and to have patience.”
“The best advice coach ever gave me was not to inhale,” Biagioni joked. Her favorite moment was breaking a personal butterfly record with a time of 1.21.
Gilbert recounted her best team moment. “Hands down, winning Swimopoly, a version of Monopoly we came up with at a team bonding party,” she said.
“Don’t bring your problems to the pool,” Matias listed as her favorite Fangiullo phrase. Matias broke her all-time breaststroke record in 2011 with a 1.23.08.
“I like our leg-shaving party at the end of the season,” Jackson smiled. “Coach says just keep swimming, like Dori from 'Finding Nemo.' It sort of caught on as our motto.”
Whalen’s favorite coach quote: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” Her best memory was dropping 35 seconds in the 500.