A Successful 2019 Season for Admirals Swim Teams
By Claudia Decker '21
The 2018-19 swim season was definitely one our women’s varsity swim team will never forget. We started the season with a tight win over A-Conference powerhouse Bryn Mawr, beating them only 85-83. This meet set the mood for the season, as we continued to win meet after meet by only the slimmest margins. Later that month we redeemed ourselves after last year’s loss by beating Key School 85-82. We continued to dominate our conference with dubs against Maryvale (91-78), St. Timothy’s (71-23), and AACS (63-31). One of our most challenging meets was against Pallotti following our long winter break. We ended up beating them 48-46, but this meet was nothing compared to our next.
January 18th was the day our winning streak came to a close. This meet was by far the biggest of the season, or as senior captain Meghan Behr perfectly stated, “the filet mignon of meets”. Saint Paul’s School for Girls swim team is known by many for their fastest swimmer -- an utter tank -- which sadly resulted in this meet being our first loss of the season. We lost by the small margin we had beaten so many other teams by: two points. But no one at that meet or on our team can deny that this “filet mignon of meets” was one to remember and by far our most hyped event. The following week, however, was an even tougher matchup. Swimming both A-conference teams Spalding and Saint Mary’s, our seniors’ last season came to a close with a disappointing loss.
We ended our season with an amazing championship meet. Despite losing to Saint Paul’s by only eight points, we placed second in the conference and fourth overall, beating Saint Mary’s by more than 100 points. By far the best part of the meet, however, was how many swimmers we had on the podium to receive medals for their excellent races. These swimmers included freshmen Lana Cate and Sarah Gershman, sophomores Evie Krall, Annika Jensen, Juliet Luers, and Tristan Bullock, junior Jewel Barner, and senior Trina Reinhart.
Although in the end we lost to Saint Paul’s, we cannot forget the amazing wins we accomplished this season and the many more that will follow next year. We end this season (mostly) content with our accomplishments and look forward to working towards the conference champion title next year. #sinkthegators
Along with the girls, the boys also did a great job this season. Ending with a record of 7-1, the boys’ varsity team also dominated their conference, losing only to Saint Mary’s in the regular season. Although their championship meet was not what they hoped, losing again to Saint Mary’s, the boys ended the season with a record similar to that of the girls. Leading swimmers such as Andrew Campbell (’21) and Nick Subong (’21) continue to improve every day, and the boys are bound to dominate their conference next year. Going into next season, both the girls and boys have high hopes of winning their conference championships.