Skyline Swimming Dives Into A New Year

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Yioti Karahalios, Journalism 1 Staff

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As the Skyline High School swim team begins their morning practices for the upcoming season, they are led by yet another talented group of captains. The five captains Alex Tward, Eli Cook, Emma Brooks, Suzi Creveling, and Aleah Griffin, all seniors, look to push their team for a momentous year and a chance at another state championship.

The Eagles, coached by Joe Pereira, are under good leadership as  Pereira has won multiple national coach of the year awards and brought many state Championships to Skyline. Creveling thinks this year can be as good as past years. Creveling states, “We have a great team and we are able to work very well together. Everyone contributes well. If we do exactly what Joe (head coach) tells us to do then we will have a good chance at winning another state title.”

The team is constantly growing every year, with this year recruiting over 90 kids.  The captains say that can make it difficult to get to know everyone new coming on the team especially the freshman. Creveling also states that, “Each year we are never guaranteed a state championship but we can continue to work hard to continue the legacy.”  Pereira likes his swimmers to work as a team because the energy is usually higher and the team works better as a whole.

The swim team has over 20 state championships over the years, combined mens and womens, and has always had a reputation to be a very fast team. The captains state that this year’s team could be as good as past teams if they work hard enough. There are a lot of new swimmers and it’s going to be interesting to see how they compete at the level they are expected to. Many strong Skyline Varsity swimmers will be returning this year including Aleah Griffin and Eli Cook. Both swimmers have competed at state along with other gifted sportsmen, and are expected to have a phenomenal season as they look forward to holding up yet another trophy to bring back to Skyline.

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