The next winter sport captain interview was with Swimming. Swimming is coached by Ms. Glassman, Ms. Burdalski and Mr. Roberts. The team’s record last year was 1-15. The Stinger sat down with Jhasiah Tuitt and asked him about some questions for the upcoming season.
- What are you looking forward to for this upcoming season?
Some of the goals this year is obviously for everyone to get faster and record better times. We have a big team this year and have a lot of senior leadership. We want to win at least 5 meets this year.
- How did you get started in this sport?
I first started swimming at a parent and me swim class. I really enjoyed it and wanted to keep swimming but my father kept holding on to me. Finally my mom just told my dad to let go and I swam all the way to the deep end. I was around 5 years old. I then saw my sister swim for BCC and really wanted to swim competitively to be like her. I started swimming in kick board races but I still wanted to be like my sister so I started swimming in different competitions.
What are your team expectations for this season?
I want to see each person improve as a swimmer individually. We have the talent to go far and I expect us to win at least 5 meets. I want to obviously win more than 5 but I think it will be an accomplishment if we win 5 meets.
Who are some of the big pieces for the team this year?
Atomu Saul and myself are the two captains this year and we have a lot of other great returning swimmers in Daishon Cavanaugh, Donovan Stewart, Robert Midura. We also have some exciting new freshman with Yuran Saul and Amanda Horton.
What is your favorite aspect of your sport?
The competition is the best part. It is you versus 3 other people in the pool. The mutual respect that all of the swimmers have is really fun and when you get in the pool you are competing to beat your own time and the other swimmers.
What are your individual goals for this sport?
I want to be 1st team all county and break the school record for the 100 yard Breaststroke. The events that I am swimming in are the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Breaststroke, 200 team medley and the 200 Freestyle Relay.
What is your favorite matchup?
My favorite matchup is Holy Cross. Everytime we play them it is competitive and or team and coaches get really psyched up to play them.
For people coming considering coming out this season, why should they do so?
It’s great way to get exercise and to practice your endurance. Swimming is a full body workout and you get in really good shape. Our team is very close and the atmosphere is very good for everyone. The competition as a team and for yourself is really fun.