Swim and dive has strong start to season

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Photo courtesy Jordan Kelly

Junior Jordan Kelly (center) holds onto the wall, getting ready to start backstroke.

With last season being canceled, the swim and dive team is excited to be back in the pool with a lot of great swimmers for both the girls and boys. 

The boys have started the season off strong, with a 3-0 record. They have dominant wins over Whitman, Bethesda Chevy-Chase, and Churchill. In each of the meets so far, the boys have scored over 100 points. “Something about this team is really special. We have a lot of talent and guys that work hard. People aren’t going to like swimming against us for the rest of the season,” junior Nick Kim said.

That record is so impressive, 1:56 is a great time. But I’m not really surprised because I have swum with Jordan for a while now. He might be the hardest worker that I know, he earned this.”

— Max Fuster

So far this season, the boys have already had two records broken. Junior Jordan Kelly broke the 200 IM record. Kelly swam a 1:55.22, while the previous record was 1:56 set back in 2014. This is an impressive feat because IM requires mastery in all the strokes, and it takes a lot of stamina to pull off a time like that. Kelly is a leader on the team and inspiring to the rest of the group. “That record is so impressive, 1:56 is a great time. But I’m not really surprised because I have swum with Jordan for a while now. He might be the hardest worker that I know, he earned this,” junior Max Fuster said.

The second record is from Princeton diving commit, junior Aidan Wang. He has broken four school diving records so far, and there could be more where that came from. In the most recent meet, he had a score of 225.65 on his dive. Wang has been a huge part of the boys’ success so far this season, and he is only going to get better. 

The girls have started off a little slow, with an 0-3 record so far. They suffered losses to Whitman, Bethesda Chevy-Chase, and Churchill. Sophomores Amy Qin and Campbell Scofield are rising stars. “We haven’t won any meets yet, but I think this team has potential for the future, which is a good sign. Hopefully, we will start to win soon,” junior Sidney Thompson said. 

Both the girls and boys are working hard in preparation for metros. Metros is a competitive meet where the top four boys and top four girls from each school in the county compete against each other. Metros this year will take place Feb. 9  12. Public and private schools are included in the meet, so the competition is high.