This year, Warde’s Girls Swimming and Diving team is composed of four divers and over thirty swimmers from every grade. It is an amazing, supportive community, led this year by Head Varsity Coach Amy Radovic and Assistant Varsity Coach Kelsey Barlow. This year, the team experienced a change in the coaching department due to the transfer of Warde Swim’s previous Assistant Varsity Coach to the position of Head Varsity Coach for Fairfield Ludlowe High School’s swim team. The diving coach, Beth Cerny, is also new to the Warde swimming community this year. The captains of the 2018 team are seniors Jackie Forgét, Danielle de la Garrigue, and Yasmin Schrom.
This season included nine meets against various high schools, memorably St. Joseph and Fairfield Ludlowe. The meet against St. Joe’s was on Monday, October 1, resulting in a win for Warde, the final score being 108-60. Although the team did very well throughout the whole season, this was the first major success. This triumph propelled the girls to fight hard at the next meet against Ludlowe on Monday, October 8. The viewing balcony at Fairfield University was packed with family and friends of both schools, including Mr. Ebling, Warde’s Headmaster. Warde students showed the most support for the swim team, though, through cheering and spirit wear. In the end, Ludlowe won the meet, 84 to 102. However, the girls fought hard and won several events. Specifically in the 500 freestyle event, Warde swimming swept for first, second, and third place, each standing won by new members of the team. From first to third, Elizabeth Fletcher (Freshman), Maddie McDonald (Freshman), and Jenna Chen (Sophomore) each helped to boost the score in the second half of the meet. These were just some of the winnings from that day, for everybody on the team contributed to the 84 point total.
With the season coming to a close, the girls swim team has FCIACs and States to look forward to. Some members of the team will be racing in Varsity FCIACs while others will be attending the JV FCIACs, but everybody is given an opportunity to show off their improvement from this year. Unlike those meets, States is an exclusive event where only the top swimmers from the team will be able to compete. Some of the female swimmers from Warde who have already secured a spot to attend include the captains, as well as Julia Stellato, Elizabeth Fletcher, and others who are able to make the cut off times!
Girls Swimming and Diving is extremely proud of its accomplishments, and looks forward to the ending of another fantastic season.