Eva DeYoung, a junior at Loy Norrix focuses on her 400 freestyle relay at the S.M.A.C. conference. Coach Paul Mahar and Loy Norrix senior, Duncan Wallis help the relay team with their relay starts. “My favorite part was the 400 freestyle relay when we were head to head with Battle Creek Central’s relay and we pulled ahead to beat them,” DeYoung said. Photo Credit / Morgan McCue
Alina Offerman (bottom center) and Delany Eller (right), juniors on the Loy Norrix swim team, practice relay exchanges to sync each other’s movements. This creates a smoother transition from one swimmer to the other during the women’s medley relay. The medley relay is a combination of backstroke, breastroke, butterfly, and freestyle. Photo Credit / Morgan McCue
Loy Norrix sophomore Paige Weathers (left) discusses her race with junior Eva DeYoung (right of Weathers) to get insight on how to improve her technique for her next race. Junior Naomi Verne (far right) and junior Madison Doonan (left of Verne) tune in to learn something they can use in their race. Photo Credit / Morgan McCue
Delany Eller (left) a junior on the Loy Norrix swim team practices her track start for her upcoming race in the S.M.A.C. championships. This is her last chance to work out the little things that might delay her start during her race. Photo Credit / Morgan McCue
Loy Norrix junior Madison Doonan (left) and sophomore Karli Little (right) are cheering for Isabella Valdez (center) during her 200 freestyle relay at the S.M.A.C. conference. “We worked so hard this season and we got to see the results at conference,” said Little. Photo Credit / Morgan McCue
The Lady Knights swim season has ended with a splash. Their 2016 season started on August 10th and ended November 8th with a last chance meet, which allowed the swimmers a last chance to meet the goal times they wanted.
The Lady Knights swam their way to the S.M.A.C. championship
or Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference. Each swimmer had a specific goal in mind, whether it be making it to the state meet or dropping time in her race. The tensions ran high.
Divers took to the board for their final chance to reach their goals for the season. Loy Norrix juniors Ferren Olmstead, Mey Wong, Emily Lewman and Naomi Verne were the divers of the 2016 fall season. They practiced every Monday through Friday after school at Western Michigan University’s aquatics center. This included both workouts on and off the diving board. Dryland is a workout that does not include the water or the board and includes abdominal work, leg work, stretching, and more. This type of workout allows the divers to learn new dives and techniques to do their dives.
“I reached eleven dives, which I couldn’t do last year,” said Loy Norrix junior Mey Wong referring to the eleven different dive forms she learned
The S.M.A.C. championship pushes swimmers and divers to do their best and move up in the ranks. It gives them a chance to set personal goals and see themselves succeed.