EHHS girls’ swim team is one of the largest in years
By Frances Taylor - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., Sep. 26, 2012
According to coach Jill Piedscalzo, this season’s East Hartford High School girls’ varsity swim team is one of the largest in recent years. “We have 38 girls on the team this year,” said Piedscalzo, who is in her second year of coaching the girls’ swim team. “About 26 are freshman and sophomores – and we have a strong upper-class group.” The assistant coach is David Booth.
Piedscalzo said she was not sure why so many turned out for the team this year, but credits the team members with being good ambassadors for their sport. “I think the word has been getting around about the team, and also they are very close-knit group. Their support for each other is awesome,” she said.
The team ended its season last year with two swimmers in individual events going to the state finals. “That was big for us; they did very well,” the coach said. The goal this year is to again make the state finals in both individual and relay team events.
Hannah Oney is a senior captain of the team. “Hannah is a good all-around member of the team – she's versatile, which means we can use her different events, which is also true for a number of people on the team,” Piedscalzo said.
Oney, who is in her fourth year on the team, said she has been swimming since the age of 7. Her events include the 100-meter breast stroke and the 100-meter freestyle. The team practices six days a week. “Everything you do affects can affect this sport: what you eat, how much rest you get. You really need to keep a balance and stay on top of things like your school work,” she said.
“We practice hard and we work hard together – we have a pasta dinner together the day before a meet,” Oney said.
The Hornet’s toughest rival schools – Manchester and Newington – are still to come later in the season. For a full schedule, visit www.casciac.org.