Elmira District Secondary School swimmers made a splash at the Woolwich Memorial Centre Nov. 12 during their first swim meet of the season.
The school hosted swimmers, both boys and girls, from Glenview Park Secondary School and Waterloo Collegiate Institute.
Although it is still very early in the season, EDSS swimmer Elena McKee posted a personal best time in freestyle swim, and was named meet MVP for the senior girls category.
Pam Germann, teacher at EDSS and swim coach, says the meet went smoothly, but since the high school swimming season is limited, swimmers and coaches will continue to work hard.
“The kids who were able to compete did a really good job,” she said. “It is still early in the year, so we are working on our endurance as well as making sure we are doing proper touches and turns. We are working on dive starts and things like that. It is really about trying to get everything in because the season is so short.”
The other MVPs of the meet were WCI’s Ben Wahl in the junior boys category, Brooke Hopson from GPSS in the junior girls category and Christos Karanasosis from WCI in the senior boys category.
The team’s success continued at the second meet the following Thursday, said Germann.
“The meet last week went really, really well,” she said. “There were significant improvements on times. The kids are working towards their personal bests and being very successful in coming out with new personal bests out of that meet. It was good.”
The meets, according to Germann, are not only competitive, but also practice for future regional meets.
“The first few meets are just about getting everyone comfortable, practicing our racing, getting used to making sure they are doing their strokes, turns and touches correctly, so that when we get to WCSSAA in December, that we aren’t doing anything that is going to get us disqualified. It is so every swim that we are doing at WCSSAA is a successful swim.”There are quite a few swimmers on the EDSS team, but one that stood out for Germann at the most recent meet at the WMC pool, was Brooklyn Bowman – a former synchronized swimmer who is getting back in the pool.
“Brooklyn Bowman, she was one of the students who improved by 10 per cent on one of her swim times,” said Germann. “She had done synchronized swimming in the past, but she hasn’t been training for a couple of years, so her coming back into the pool, she has had a steep training peak. She has been able to get back into it and be successful, so that is really great.”
The team has been growing over the last few years, adding more swimmers to the roster. Last year, EDSS swimmer Jordan Shantz made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association (OFSAA) provincial competition, with a first place finish at the central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) championships in the senior girls freestyle. She also finished second in both the 100-metre freestyle and the 50-metre butterfly.
The next EDSS swim meet is this afternoon, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m.