McNary 2016 Swimming
April 22, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
By Kevin Martin
As the season winds down, the McNary High School swim team has one last obstacle to overcome to make it to their last goal, the state meet.
The team competed well at the district meet, and sophomore Marissa Kuch, is headed off to the state meet in two individual events, the 100 free and the 200 free.
Junior swimmer Parker Dean was eager to go to his third district meet. Despite an injury midway through the season, Dean was able to battle through it and compete in the meet. He expressed that he was excited for what was to come in the future for the program. “We’re going to be a lot better next year,” Dean said, “We have a lot of younger swimmers coming up to help us compete.”
On the topic of what’s to come for the swim team. We have gotten better each year continuously.”
Dean fell in love with swimming when he joined a swim team in the 7th grade. He kept swimming, and when he went out for it his freshman year, he made the varsity team. “Swimming keeps me moving in the winter between sports,” Dean said. He also competes in soccer in the fall and track in the spring.
Another Junior swimmer, Alfonso Pacheco, was pumped up about the district meet. “It was fun, we did well,” Pacheco said. “We have a lot of room for improvement. It’s all about getting better everyday.”
The swim team took a good approach in their preparation for the district meet. “We decreased our time in the pool, but increased the intensity of our workouts,” Pacheco said.
Pacheco competed in the 100 breast, the 100 free, and the 50 free this season. Over the course of the season, he consistently improved. “I did pretty well, and I dropped time in all my events,” he said. “The key to improving is going to practice everyday and working hard everyday.”
For Pacheco, swimming is more than just being in a pool and being with friends. “It’s the thrill of performing well,” he said.
Both Dean and Pacheco can agree on one thing. The swim team isn’t just a team; they are a family. “We treat each other like family, and we do a lot of team bonding,” Dean explained.
“We’re a big family,” Pacheco commented. “It’s always fun hanging out with them inside and outside the pool.”
Even though the swim season is over for most, there is one member of the family that is still going. As Kuch prepares to head off to state, the McNary swim family will be supporting her all the way.