Lady Indians Swam Against Vikings


Alyssa Todd (11) swimming the 100 Backstroke in the 11th event of the night. This is Todd’s third year on the team. Photo by: Reyna Mahan

Mariana Bendinelli

On Tuesday, Dec. 4,the girls swim team competed against Merrillville in their 5th meet of the season. Held at Lake Central, the lady Indians won against Merrillville with a final score of 153-32. The meet kicked off with the 200 Medley Relay where Adisyn Sawaska (10) took first place.

“I was feeling a little nervous [because] I was in swimming a lot of off events. I swam the 500 free relay. It wasn’t a very important meet for us, but I really wanted to get the best time in the 500. We spend a lot of time with everyone and it’s a lot of fun and we get really hyped up with our team cheers. Everyone was feeling kinda sore and tired from the last two weeks, but we definitely try and give it our all everytime,” Paige Bakker (10) said.

After taking first place in the first heat of the night, the girls started to feel confident that they would win the meet. Many of the girls felt they would come out of the night very strong, with good times.

“During a meet, I keep up my motivation by talking to my friends and getting them all hyped up. We all motivate each other to get faster times and work harder. As a boys and girls team we all go out with the Indian and say the Indians cheer and the girls do the lady Indian cheer,” Skylar Noonan (10) said.

Preparation for meets is not an easy task, it takes long hours and a lot of energy. The girls are very determined to win their meets in hopes of having a great record.

“I prepare for a meet by visualizing how I’m going to do and talking to my friends and getting my nerves out. Being on the swim team effects my school life because it messes with my sleep schedule and I have to put homework before sleep so I don’t get a lot of sleep. It’s just tough to do homework the day before traditional day,” Alyssa Todd (11) said.

JV Girls assistant swim coach Mr. Dan Fox [Science] is back coaching his second season and has many hopes and expectations for the girls this season and the next to come.

“Going into this year, I’m most excited to step into the official position of the assistant coach of girls team. I hope to see improvements from the returning girls and hopefully that can motivate them, especially those going into their senior year, to finish their four years on the swim team strong,” Fox said.

The varsity lady Indians next meet is December 11 against LaPorte High School held at Lake Central. The meet starts at 5:30, don’t forget to come out and support the girls.