Loy Norrix men’s swim team takes a strong win over Coldwater

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Photo by Samantha Hogan

Sophomores Andrew VanHouten and Roman Wassink get ready for their 50-yard freestyle. Both VanHouten and Wassink have been swimming varsity at Loy Norrix for two years now.

Samantha Hogan, Guest Writer

Water is flying everywhere, arms and legs are flailing and every person on the pool deck is cheering as loud as possible for the swimmers in the last event of the day.  

The Loy Norrix mens swim and dive team swam at home against Coldwater on Thursday February 6, putting up a strong fight. With a final score of 127-55, the Knights took a good win and will see Coldwater again at the 2020 SMAC Conference Championship in late February. 

With the season wrapping up at the end of this month, swimmers are in their home stretch and working really hard. The next few weeks are packed with meets, hard practices and preparation for their biggest meet of the year: the SMAC conference championships. With all of the training these boys do, they have set some amazing goals for the big meet later this month. 

“I’d been struggling this season to get under 6:30 and I plan to get under 6:15 at conference,” said junior Nolan Hughes, Loy Norrix’s regular 500-yard freestyler. 

With over half of their varsity team out sick last week, the team really stepped up and did an amazing job swimming events they may not have on a normal day against Hackawan. However, this week they all swam and came out with a win over Coldwater, giving them momentum for championships. 

The past few weeks, the team has been building their strength and speed but “there’s definitely been a lot of hard times with a lot of people being sick,” said junior Dan Demello, “but I feel like everybody is really pulling it together and it’s going to be great.”

With only three weeks left in the season, the team is starting to mentally and physically prepare for the end and focusing on how to swim their races to their best ability.

 “Stay calm and think positive, expect to do well, get in the water and go crazy,” explained sophomore Roman Wassink.