SEASON PREVIEW: Girls swimmers looking to improve toughness

Ken Castle, Staff Reporter

The 2011 girls swim season got underway as of August 10 with a morning practice at 6 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. The practice schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Friday before and after school and Tuesday, Thursday after school.

After three meets this season, the girls have yet to record a win, but they have an invite this weekend and the girls hope to turn around their losing streak. Their first meet was against Hinsdale South and the varsity score was RB 50 Hinsdale South 133. The second meet the girls competed in was against Glenbrook South, the score for the varsity was RB 32 Glenbrook South 132. The third meet the girls competed in this season was against Oak Park River Forest the score was RB 50 Oak Park River Forest 130.

Senior captain Megan Frey has high expectations for this year’s swim season. She plans to become more mentally tough during swim meets. She also wants to go lifetime best times in the events that she will swim this year. Also as one of the only seniors on the team she wants to be a big sister to all the younger girls and be supportive of each girl. This year Frey will be swimming the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and the 200 IM.

When asked how her first three meets went, she said, “The first one was pretty rough; there were some mental breakdowns. The second meet went very well and I was very happy with my times that I had. The third one was better than the first but not as good as the second, I was still happy with the times that I had gone.”

Junior captain Abby Louthen said, “Our team needs to be close and everyone needs to work hard for their personal goals.” She also added that everyone needs to work on mental toughness. Louthen will be swimming the 100 fly and 100 back as her main events this year.

Louthen said, “There are a lot of young swimmers who work hard and everyone looks very promising.” When asked how her first three swim meets went Louthen said, “They all went okay but the last one we had went the best for me personally. My mental toughness has been getting better since the beginning of the season, which is good.”

Newcomer Nicole Capone is a freshman on varsity this year. Capone said, “My first meet I was extremely nervous, but at the same time I was excited.  But it didn’t go as well as I expected it to. The second meet I was very happy with. The last one we had it wasn’t the worst.” The events that Capone will be swimming throughout this year are 200 free, 200 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

When asked about her goals she has for the year she said, “I don’t want to have as many mental breakdowns and I want to go 25 seconds in the 200 free relay and 59 seconds in the 400 free relay.”

Capone is going to be competing in her first invite as a high school swimmer this coming weekend. She said, “I hope it will go well, I’m swimming my strongest events but overall I’m very excited for it.”

The girls have 10 more meets/invites left this season, not including sectionals or the state meet. The girls finished in 10th place at the Hinsdale South Invite.