Friday, Nov.6, was the Swimming Team’s first official practice at their new practice facility, the Brooklyn Recreation Center. After a good season last year including a defeat over Ignatius in a last-race thriller, the team is expected to have a great season.
The team’s four seniors will anchor the team in a number of races. Oliver Geiger will be leading the team’s distance races, while Matt Skowronski will be competing in the sprinting races. Sevi Poblete and Matt Strayer will be taking care of the breaststroke.
The team has many returning swimmers who have been training hard this summer. Head Coach Jim Douglass seemed upbeat when describing the upcoming season, “We’ve got some of the best athletes in Cleveland on our team this year, we just need to condition them properly.”
The Eagle swimmers have a tough schedule this year including a season opener against University School. As always, the most anticipated meet of the season will be against a strong St. Ignatius team. Assistant coach Eric Dennis stated, “We’ve got the power to defeat them (Ignatius), but in the end it all comes down to who wants it more.”
Although the team fell short of its goal of winning districts last year, the Eagles have improved significantly over the summer and are ready to achieve their goal.