Swim team dives into season

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Lindsey Paradis, A&E Editor

The LHS swim team is diving right into their season with big goals and strong competitors.

The LHS girls swim team is made of 23 swimmers, led by senior co-captains Angela Harrington and Laura Fanning.

The team of 11 boys is co-captained by seniors Paul Crevier and Bryan Amaral.

Coach Kerin Doyle has returned for a second year, and is hoping for a good one.

“We are looking forward to having a strong showing at Western Mass. this year with individual qualifiers as well as relay teams for both the boys and girls,” says Doyle.

Along with strong physical performances, Doyle is looking to have “swimmers who excel in academics also.”

Even with all the confidence Doyle has, the teams have a rocky road ahead of them.

The boys’ team is smaller than most which poses the question of whether or not they will be able to pull out many victories.

The girls have lost six swimmers, leaving them lacking in distance and butterfly swimmers.

Both teams are also without a diving team. Without a diving team to compete at other schools with diving boards, the LHS teams miss out on points that can be scored by divers.

Besides these obstacles, the teams have to face their biggest competitor: Palmer, twice this year.

The first match up against Palmer was the team’s first meet. The boys lost a close meet, scoring 74 points to Palmer’s 86.

The girls beat Palmer 118 to 45.

Even with a rough start, both the boys and girls look to have a promising season and are striving for Western Mass.