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Diving into first place

The cheers continuously echoed throughout the pool deck by parents, teammates and coaches as the boys swim and dive team consecutively took first place in every single event against Anchor Bay on Feb. 6.

Duncan Richards ’25, proud of the team’s performance, sought out room for his own personal improvement especially with the MAC meet around the corner.

“I didn’t swim my usual events today. I swam the 200 freestyle and the 100 free, I got third in the 200 and second in the 100 free,” Richards said. “Overall, I believe I did alright, but I definitely could have swam better.”

Richards revealed that the team underwent a tough practice the night prior and that he was happy with the outcome of the meet, considering that this was a smaller meet in comparison to other recent meets.

“Overall as a team, I feel like we did good, considering what we were given. We had a really hard workout yesterday and we have had the biggest meet of the season so far on Saturday,” Richards said. “So this one was just a meet we needed to get over with and win to move on.”

Johnny Klepp ’25 also emphasized the hard work the team has had to put into the last few practices to achieve as good of results as they did.

“The team did very well considering we came off a very hard set and we were all extremely tired,” Klepp said. “It’s good to see us win in every event and it shows we can step up when we need to.”

Ben Showalter ’24 participated in four tough events and was able to win first in one of his events along with gaining a personal record.

“I swam in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 free relay, and 400 free relay, and within those, I got a personal record in the 50 free and almost in the 100 free,” Showalter said. “Therefore, I believe overall I did pretty well along with the rest of the team.”

With this win under their belts the boys are going to continue to work hard; Richards acknowledges they are prepared to take on tough practices to do as well at the MAC meet as they did last year.

“Hard work is all a part of the process, we have more MACs to win so the job is not finished,” Richards said.

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