Girls' swim and dive off to great start

The Newtonite

by Adam Rabinowitz

Girls’ swim and dive, 3-0, has started off the season well, according to senior Irina Rojas, a captain with senior Monica Kieff.

The Tigers beat Boston Latin 97-83 Tuesday, September 17, Wellesley 101-80 Friday, September 20, and Natick 111-78 Tuesday, September 24.

According to coach Michelle Lewis, the team’s new coach, the team has terrific swimmers with great talent.

According to Rojas, The Tigers have great potential. “We’re a big team with 46 girls, and our new coach is great,” she said.

Rojas also stated that “We have lots of new talented freshmen and girls with really great attitudes,” she said.

Lewis also noted a few swimmers who have stood out this year. “Freshman Sarah McEachern has been blowing us away so far this season. She is a fantastic 500 freestyle swimmer,” she said.

Rojas added that the coaching change hasn’t affected the team that much. “The new coach is really great and our assistant coach is so supportive too, and even though the girls miss Ms. Tuohy sometimes, they have bonded really well with the new coaches,” she said.

According to Rojas, change has made them better as a team. “Everyone has adapted well, and though change can be a challenge sometimes, it has only made us come together, be more motivated and work together as a team so that we can achieve our goals,” she said.

Lewis also said that the team is working hard to get better this year. “We are incorporating both dry and wet workouts and drills to adjust their strokes for the long run,” she said.

Rojas added that the team’s goal this year is to go undefeated, and that she hopes they will be in the top five in the state. The Tigers are looking forward to doing well in Baystates, Sectionals, and States.

There are three important meets this season for the Tigers according to Rojas. “The really big meets this year will be when we race Needham and Framingham. They have fast teams, so it will be great if we can beat them this year. And Brookline as well,” she said.

The Tigers will face Framingham Oct. 4, Brookline Oct. 8, and Needham Oct. 18.