Swimming is a unique sport with a unique culture. The team feels like this year their culture is different. They’ve chosen to work together and because of this, they have a good shot at region.
“This season has been really good so far. We have been pushing the kids really hard this year,” said Chase Warr, who has coached for three years at Copper Hills High School, “Now that they’re seeing the result (of the hard work) they’re realizing it pays off.”
The coaching staff has become stable, the swimmers are starting to really trust the coaches. The swimmers have decided to work really hard this year because the coaches are pushing them to surpass their past effort. They are faster than they have ever been before.
“Honestly I think this season is gonna be one for the books,” said Sebastian Bodero, a junior on the team, “Our team is looking super strong and I could see us taking region this year.”
Cassidy and Lyndi, both seniors on the team, feel like this season has been different for them. “I feel like we have a lot more unity (this year and) we are very positive,” said Lyndi. The team has been working together in a way that they haven’t before, and it’s benefiting everyone. “There are a lot of people on the team, but we’re all really close with each other…It’s like being around all your siblings,” said Cassidy, “We have so much potential, I’m excited!”
While it’s important for the team to improve their times, it’s also important for the team to feel welcome. “We have a team of 70 kids, but it’s not just a team, it’s a family. We pick on each other, and we love each other. When someone has a bad race, we see half the team giving them a hug. We are always congratulating and loving each other…it’s just a big family,” says Brayden McDonald, a senior at Copper Hills.
“This is my second year coaching…I feel like I understand more this season and kids are responding to me better now that they know me better. I think being part of a team, especially a team that combines boys and girls, and doesn’t differentiate between the genders [helps kids feel included],” said Brittany McDonald, “You don’t swim a different distance, you don’t do a different work out you’re all together. It shows that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can do whatever you want.” Swim inspires a culture of inclusion and hope. The kids on the team are learning that they’re wanted and they have a safe place to be.
“I also like the fact that we don’t have to have tryouts,” emphasized Coach McDonald, “It means everyone can join the team. If you don’t know how to swim, you can learn.” Feel free to join a team, even if you don’t feel qualified. The team learns together, improves together, and wins together.