Swim and dive propel through turbulent stretch of season


Erin Frost, Staff Writer

The swim and dive team is in the midst of the biggest meets of the year after both boys and girls went 4-1 for the season.

On Feb. 2, attending divisonals located at Martin Luther King pool in White Oak, the Patriots went against Sherwood, Northwest, Quince Orchard, Poolesville and Blake, making it out in fourth place. “Divisonals was really fun because we got to compete as a whole team and were able to show all the schools the talent we have. It was really exciting to compete in such a big meet and I can’t wait to see what the upcoming meets have in store for the team,” junior Alyssa D’arpa said.

Coming up on Feb.9, the Patriots will attend Metros, a meet located at Germantown Indoor Swim Center. Metros is against all of Montgomery County, including both public and private schools, such as Visitation, The Potomac School and Good Counsel. “This weekend we have Metros which is the biggest meet of the year. It’s been a really fun season so far and I’m really excited for championship season to start because it gets to be a lot more competitive and exciting,” senior captain Aaron Lazar said.

On Feb.16, the Patriots will attend regionals, located at Martin Luther King pool. “I am really excited to move on to the championships and attend meets like Metros and regionals and compete with my team. The swim meets are always so fun because everyone gets to compete against other people and it is really enjoyable to come together and show team spirit. I can’t wait for the upcoming meets so the team can continue to show what we’ve got,” freshman Emily Levine said.

The Patriots will then advance to states, which takes place at the University of Maryland on Feb. 23. Every swim and dive team from both private and public schools in Maryland will attend states, making it a huge meet for the Patriots to take on.

The Patriots are excited for the upcoming meets during the championships. “I really liked how the captains this year made it more fun and how we showed more spirit. The new coach also made a great change for the team and how we performed this season, and it was really memorable to win the division my senior year. I can not wait for the upcoming meets, and I have loved each and every moment with this team,” senior Maddie Grainger said.