By: Emma MacDonald
This past Tuesday, December 13th, the Avengers boys and girls swim teams competed in their first dual meet of the season. They faced Barrington, the reigning girls state champions and boys runner-ups, at the Bayside YMCA. Though they did not come away with a win, they were able to challenge Barrington and prove that East Greenwich should be a top contender throughout their Division 1 season and at this year’s state meet.
The team begins the season with 31 girls and 18 boys, showing strong numbers and young potential with impressive new swimmers joining the team. Attracting both experienced swimmers and first-timers, the swim team is open to all levels and combines a well rounded group. Heading this year’s team as captains are Nate Wolfgang, Thomas Shaughnessy, and Michael He on the boys side; and Sylvie Hack, Selin Marino, and Lauren Salvadore on the girls side.
Every night, the athletes make the trek up the Fox Point for practice, working to grow stronger as a unit. While swim is an individual sport, it is much more of a team sport in the high school RIIL compared to what many competitive swimmers are used to. Individual goals are important, though they cannot be achieved without the support of the team. At meets, teammates can always be found cheering each other on from the side of the pool or the end of the lane.
The EGHS swim team is looking strong headed into the season. Though they are a small school team facing large schools in Division 1, they have what it takes to make a mark.