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Varsity Swim Teams Ready for FSL Championships

Aaron Zhao ’19, Caroline Eagen ’21, Lea Jensen ’19, Zoe Valdepenas-Mellor ’18, and Jonathan Lessiohadi ’18 posed for a picture together in the pool at the Westtown meet on January 30, 2018. (Photo by Jim Inverso)

With recent victories against Westtown and Abington Friends School, the varsity boys’ and girls’ swim teams have had an amazingly successful season. They are busy training for the Friends Schools League (FSL) Championships on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and are ready to take home another win.

Bob Kupperman, varsity head swim coach, is proud of the teams’ great seasons. He has enjoyed teaching the students how to handle the pressure of the sport and he believes that their strength is in their numbers.

“When you have the opportunity to fill all three lanes of each event with athletes, you have success,” said Bob. “We have two teams of swimmers who are confident and capable of swimming any and all events on the list.”

Aaron Zhao ’19 shared that his highlight of the season was the meet against Westtown. “Jonathan broke the 100 back-stroke record,” said Aaron referencing teammate Jonathan Lessiohadi ’18. “It was the closest meet we had so far this season.”

The arc of the swimming season requires dedicated training from the student athletes. They first focus on techniques and establish an aerobic base to build up strength and endurance. By mid-season, they begin specialized training and branch into individualized strengths. The most challenging training occurs towards the end of the season leading up to the championship. The athletes must not only work on maintaining their strength, but also on balancing their training with rest. This allows them to have an optimal performance during the meet.

“Swimming is all about consistent conditioning and self-determination,” said Aaron. “Practicing is crucial for a sport like this, but more importantly, is the trust you have in your teammates during meets.”

Amanda Acutt, program assistant, shared that the team atmosphere is one of her favorite parts of coaching swimming. “Our group this year is extremely close with one another; they laugh together, they support one another, and always have each other’s backs,” said Amanda.

“The adrenaline rush is high when the whole team is undefeated for so long,” said Aaron. “Now, as we approach the FSL Championships, putting the number 2018 on the George School team flag for the FSL Championship means a lot to all of us.”

The FSL Championships take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at George School.

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