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Boys swim their way through season

Photo by McKenna Hill

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For the first time in the 100 years of Smithville High School, there is a swim team due to many students showing interest in the sport.

“It has been a joy to be a part of an inaugural swim team and the fact that we will go down in history,” said Vallri Gaiser, coach. “It’s kind of fun to think that the boys are setting school records right now because there is no other school record.”

The Warriors started off their season with practice in late July.

“We practice at the Platte City YMCA in the evenings from 7 to 8:45,” Gaiser said. ”We also practice at 5:45 in the morning at the school’s weight room.”

The first swim meet of the season was against Park Hill South on August 19.

“We started off the season pretty strong, and the boys were cutting times and getting sometimes into state,” Gaiser said.

Throughout the season, freshman Nathan Noll had shown potential in the pool during the season, and the state competition is right around the corner. His best 50 Free time is 22.61 seconds, and his 100 Free time is 48.62 seconds. However, Noll suffered an injury on September 30.  

“Unfortunately, one of our better swimmers broke his ankle a couple of weeks ago, and that hurt our relays quite a bit”, Gaiser said.

Even with the injury, the swimmers went on with the season. They kept training for their events as they neared the end of their season.

“It’s amazing to see their growth from what they look like and what they were able to do the first practice to now coming to the end of the season,” Gaiser said.

The swim team members have built a strong bond with each other. They have created humorous memories with one another throughout the season.

“One time, Nathan Noll jumped off of the diving board over the flags and belly flopped into the pool,” said Justin Coleman, freshman.

October 17 was one of the swim team’s most recent meets. The swim team had all 11 swimmers compete.

“It’s been a learning process, but I am looking forward to next year to see how it grows,” Gaiser said.

One of the 11 swimmers made it to the state competition, Nathan Noll, freshman.

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