Swimming, More Than Meets the Eye
(Wed) February 16, 2005
Caitlyn Suzuki (Kalaheo High School)
Laps, drills, stretches, and exercises everyday from five to seven at the Kailua Recreational Center. It takes a lot of will and determination to be a swimmer. Senior Jillian Luis has been swimming for Kalaheo's swim team for four years and is this year's team captain.
"We've done well these past years and we placed 2nd in the state. It's real experience with competition between you and the clock. Only you can slow yourself down."
A large majority of the swim team consists of ROTC members and the foreign exchange students.
Freshman Kailee Padilla joined swimming for the feeling you get. "The people are so great and the experience is unbelievable," she explained.
Varsity swimmer, Brooke Kemsley has been swimming competitively for about nine years. She expressed that in order to swim you don't have to be swimming for a long period of time. "There's a lot of new beginners this year and it's amazing how well they do, " she explained. This year's team has a large number of boys compared to other years.
Thomas Poten, a senior and ROTC member, considers this sport a real great workout. "This year the team is looking pretty strong," he said, "and the meets have so much enthusiasm."
Coach Peggy Tester has real high hopes for this year's team and believes they will excel. This is one team that shows the real meaning of friendship and team work.