Q&A with the Girl’s Swim Team Co-Captains

Avery Unbehagen

The Ram Page sat down with our Girl’s Swim Team co-captains, seniors Jessica Adams, Summer Olson, and Lucille Wright, to ask them about their love of swimming, how the team is run, and their goals for this season.

When did you start swimming recreationally and for sport?

“I started recreational swimming when I was 6 and I started competitively swimming when I was 10.” – Jessica

”I started swimming for a team when I was in fourth grade. I think I started swimming for fun when I was five.” – Summer

“My parents made me start swimming on a team when I was little because they didn’t want to have to watch me when we went to the pool. I started swimming on a team when I was seven… I really liked it, and just kept swimming.” – Lucille

What are your goals for the team this year?

“My personal goal for the team is to make sure everyone on the team feels supported and does the best that they can this season. And my goal as co-captain this year is to make the team stronger by trying to make practices more fun and getting everyone to cheer on our swimmers at meets. Making sure the girls on the swim team have fun is one of the most important things to me.” – Jessica

”My personal goals are to make it to state and for the team to be league champs. My goals with Jess and Lucille are to be good team leaders and build an inclusive, friendly environment.” – Summer

”My goals for the team are to be closer. I always kind of think of then team as my family, and when we’re  friends it makes the season so much more fun for everyone. I also am really hoping we make state this year, a lot of us are working really hard and I think we’ll be able to make a dent. My goals for the captains are just to be able to help everyone with their stroke and make sure that we’re pushing people. I want everyone to be friends, but I also want them to push each other.” – Lucille

What does a typical practice look like?

“What a typical practice look like usually depends on the day because some days we could really focus on our technique and others we could focus on sprinting. You never really know what to expect each day when you come to swim practice.” – Jessica

”A typical practice is a 30 minute warm-up and then we get into a hard set for the most part, depending on the day.” – Summer

“We usually get to the pool and start stretching/doing ab exercises from 3:15 to 3:30. After that we get in and warm-up and work on turns until 3:50-ish, and then we do a couple of sets until 4:50-ish. It’s pretty simple. On Thursdays and Tuesdays we have weight lifting.” – Lucille

How would you go about recruiting new swimmers?

“I would just look for anyone who’s interested in swimming and willing to become a part of our swim family.” – Jessica

“To recruit new swimmers I would probably just ask around.” – Summer

“I think inviting people to our meets and just exposing them to what swimming is like and the dynamic of the team is a good way to get people to join. I don’t think a lot of people know about our swim team, and just seeing how much fun we have and how hard we work could inspire them to join.” – Lucille