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72 Swimmers Help Push Girls’ Team to Victory

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By Margaret O’Brien
The Fenwick Girl’s swim team, undefeated on both the junior varsity and varsity level, is just warming up for another great year. This year, the Girls will do so with the one of the largest rosters the school has ever seen. The Friars are making a splash with seventy-two swimmers, thirteen of whom are returning seniors. Although coaching seventy-two swimmers can be a challenge, Coach Miller says it is fun because, “It brings personalities together and allows us to draw strength from each other.”
Swimming is a unique in that every athlete has their score recorded. Every athlete earns points from competing, which helps boost the overall team score. Because of the way it’s scored, swimming is conducive to big teams, where everyone is required to use their talents to help the team. According to Captain Kelly Frumpkin, “Having a large team is amazing because you always know that there’s someone there to support you when you’re having a bad day.”
The Friars have had their share of success this season, topped off with a victory from the Dan O’Brien event relays. The swimmers were able to regain the title that had eluded them in years past and win the big home meet, and beating out our cross-town rivals, OPRF. With such an auspicious start to the season, the Friars keep their sights set high, as they work towards their sixth consecutive conference victory.
The final goal is to stay consistent with the number of athletes getting in the pool in November to compete for a state title. Having lost five very talented seniors, the team may have more difficulty than last year, but Coach Miller is confident in her athletes. “It’s a young team, but there is a lot of drive,” she said
The Fenwick Girl’s Aquatic Program has been one of the most successful athletic programs in the history of Fenwick High School, and this year, they are keeping with that tradition. As most other schools have come to deduce, there must be something in the water at Fenwick.

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