A new swim season has dawned at Hilhi!
Practice began on November 12, in the outdoor pool at the nearby Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (aka SHARC), where our team of dedicated and enthusiastic athletes, along with their coaches and volunteers, will spend the next few months braving the frigid and windy Oregon winter weather in pursuit of a fun and rewarding swim season.
With only three weeks of training from the beginning of the season until the first swim meet (12/7, at North Clackamas Aquatic Park), the athletes dove right into training (figuratively and literally), eager to get prepped and conditioned for competition. There will be another meet the following week (12/14, also at North Clackamas Aquatic Park), followed by a solid month of training going into the New Year, the rest of NWOC competition, and the end-season District and State championship meets.
This season brings with it some exciting new changes, most notably with the coaching staff. Longtime assistant coach Kevin Cleary accepted the position of head coach this winter, and is joined by Spartan alum Crystal Kociemba as assistant.
Also, there will be two additional practices scheduled each week, for a total of six, as opposed to previous seasons, which had only four. This will create greater opportunities for learning and growth and success in competition.
Some key players on the men’s team are senior Nathan Claxton who, after a very strong 2017-18 season, will once more be a contender at the State championships, and junior Jack Schaber is also seeking to make a splash. Sophomores Spencer McLin and Eric Gongora, with invaluable experience at last season’s State meet under their belts, will look to continue their success this year. Also, look for freshman Paul Atencio to be an important piece in some of the tougher events.
On the women’s side, senior Rena French will be looking to make some noise at the District and State meets and, along with fellow senior Shawna Ashley Ingram and sophomore Arwen Nielsen, coming off of a wildly successful water polo season, will be leading the way with their model work ethic and positive attitudes. Junior Maya French and senior Miranda Dickinson will also provide critical depth.
There is still time to join and plenty of room on the team, so anyone interested in being part of a fun group and learning some new skills is welcome!