Taking on the Vikings


Natalia Mendoza (11) competes in the breaststroke event. Mendoza tried to win the race and beat her personal record.

Madison Zielke

On Tuesday Nov. 27, the girls JV swimming team took on the Valparaiso Vikings at home. The girls hung up their towels after their victorious battle against the Vikings with a score of 108-78.

“I think the team tonight pushed it to the limit. We all pushed through the pain and overall we all did a very good job and I’m proud of all of them. As for improvement, I think we all can improve greatly in our racing times. I’ve seen that some great personal records [have been] broken tonight, which is a huge accomplishment,” Peyton Halfeldt (11) said.

Being the first home meet of the girls season, there are high hopes and expectations for this season.

“My expectations for this year [are to] hopefully beat all the competitors or schools this year. All we can do to achieve those goals is work really hard at practice and at meets,” Halfeldt said.

The JV girls are coached by Mr. Dan Fox. This is Fox’s second year coaching the girls. He is very excited to see what the girls accomplish this season.

“The season is off to a great start and I feel there’s nowhere to go but up from here. I don’t personally deal much with the varsity competitions, but a few promising new freshmen on our team as well as a loss of stars for some of our rivals makes for a very promising Sectional battle for Lake Central,” Dan Fox said.

The girls continue to practice in the mornings and after school to reach their goals of going to and winning state.

“Having morning and afternoon practices really benefit the team I would say. Having practice means we’ll get better and  by working together we will become a great team. Practices really help improve our times and with getting a good place in our events,” Halfeldt said.

As the season progresses, the girls make individual goals for themselves as well. They hope to improve their times from last year and hope to qualify for State.

“One of my goals this year is getting a better time in my breast stroke and to really improve on it. I’m just [going to] have to work hard at practices and meets. I would also really like to start swimming freestyle more. I’ll just have to improve my times at practice,” Halfeldt said.