The swim team is gearing up for their Sectional meet in early February. They had a lot of success last month at Midstate and hope to bring the same energy into the championship meet.
The coaches have just as much work to do preparing for Sectionals as the swimmers. Their main focus is making sure the swimmers feel mentally ready.
“We’re just staying calm. We want the swimmer to know that we’re here to support and the training is in place for a reason, but we let them know that we’ve been through that same protocol when we were in high school. We understand that they’re tired and excited and recognize those emotions and try to model how to deal with those emotions,” Coach Annie Peters said.
At Midstate the team broke three school records, Grace Nuhfer in the 200 freestyle, Conner Peckinpaugh in the 500 freestyle, and the 200 freestyle relay of Grace Nuhfer, Charli Graves, Madison Peckinpaugh, and Naomi Weaver. There are a few swimmers coming very close to breaking even more.
“There’s quite a few events that were really close in setting new school records like the 500 free for Madison Peckinpaugh. She was only about two seconds off that and Naomi Weaver was less than .2 seconds off the record in the 100 back. So I’m most excited for relays and new school record
Senior Alex Wilson is preparing for her fourth Sectional meet. She has enough experience with the swim championship season that she knows exactly what to expect.
“My past experiences help me to not stress as much. I just know that I have to go out there and give it everything I have. Whatever happens happens,” Wilson said.
A calmer and wiser mindset may help her perform in the pool.
“I’m not personally preparing any differently, but with this being my senior year, I am just trying to enjoy it rather than put a lot of pressure on myself,” Wilson said.
Junior Alayna Kenworthy is a returning to Sectionals after getting third place in the 200 meter Individual Medley last year.
“Personally, my goal since the beginning of the season was to win the 200 IM at sectionals. Seeing how the competition was at conference gave me a good idea of how I’ll have to perform to achieve that. As for the team, it would be great to beat Whiteland again and Center Grove but all I want to see is the team cheering each other on and putting up the times we need,” Kenworthy said.
She has been swimming for a very long time so she has a sense of the competition that the other schools will bring, but she chooses not to worry about it for the sake of her mindset and focus.
“Honestly, I don’t really think much about that kind of thing. I try as much as I can to focus on what I’m doing and how I’m swimming. I find it easier not to worry over what other people are doing and just race. In terms of other schools, I’m excited to see how they will set their standard at prelims and how they’ll step up at finals, but I’m more excited to how we will respond to their performance,” Kenworthy said.
The girls swim prelims on Feb. 6 and have finals on Feb. 8. The boys go two weeks later on Feb. 20 and swim finals Feb. 22.