Enfield/Fermi/Somers girls’ swim team features combined pool of talent
By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Enfield, Somers - posted Thu., Nov. 10, 2011
On Oct. 28, 15 swimmers from the Enfield/Fermi/Somers combined girls’ swim team took to the water against the Windsor Warriors. Smaller in size, but not in spirit, EFS’s speed and determination shined through from the first lap to the final sprint.
“Our goal for the season was to improve our times,” head coach Janet Fitzsimons said. “The girls worked really hard during the season and it has shown.” She listed the team’s greatest 2011 strength as the girls’ commitment, and hopes to improve on depth in backstroke, butterfly and distance freestyle for 2012.
Seniors Kelly Egan (C), Blake DeMarco and Dallas Fonck are key to team morale. “Kelly has been a great captain and leader,” the coach said. “She will be truly missed next year. [Junior] Amy Sullivan, [junior] Mykela Orifice and [freshman] Rebecca Kaliff have also been great leaders.”
Erika Bushey and Rebecca Kaliff will represent EFS at the Class L state championships. Kaliff, a competitive swimmer since age 9, will swim in both the 200 I.M. and 200 Butterfly. She holds a personal best I.M. time of 1.05.74. “I really like the racing and speed associated with swimming,” she said. Bushey will compete in the 200 I.M.
Captain Kelly Egan described the team dynamic. “We are small, so it feels much more like a family than most teams. And we all get along and like being together,” she said.
The team finished 2011 at 2-9 with wins over Windsor Locks/Ellington and Buckley. “We've had a number of difficult meets,” the coach said. “I don't measure success by wins or losses - I measure it by improvement, and on many occasions I have seen large drops in the girls’ times.”
Fitzsimons took pride in her athletes’ dedication to both swimming and academics. “The girls are good students and many are very involved with other school activities,” she said. “This team has worked extremely hard this season and it has been a pleasure to coach them.”