Swimmers celebrate senior night with win over Kings

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Swimmers celebrate senior night with win over Kings

Ihita, Alex and Angela hold bouquets ahead of the meet. “This is their last event with our school, and it’s kind of sad to think about, so we’d like to end it with a joyous festival to honor all of them,” Cassandra Ruedy (11) said.

Ihita, Alex and Angela hold bouquets ahead of the meet. “This is their last event with our school, and it’s kind of sad to think about, so we’d like to end it with a joyous festival to honor all of them,” Cassandra Ruedy (11) said.

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Ihita, Alex and Angela hold bouquets ahead of the meet. “This is their last event with our school, and it’s kind of sad to think about, so we’d like to end it with a joyous festival to honor all of them,” Cassandra Ruedy (11) said.

Nicole Tian

Nicole Tian

Ihita, Alex and Angela hold bouquets ahead of the meet. “This is their last event with our school, and it’s kind of sad to think about, so we’d like to end it with a joyous festival to honor all of them,” Cassandra Ruedy (11) said.

by Nicole Tian, Reporter

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The swim team celebrated their senior night today at a swim meet against Kings Academy, honoring senior athletes Angela Li, Ihita Mandal, Alex Yu and Logan Bhamidipaty, who was unable to attend. Before the swim meet, each of the seniors ran through a tunnel formed by their teammates, upon which they were presented with a bouquet of flowers. Multiple members of the community showed up to commemorate their last season on the swim team, including their friends and Head of School Brian Yager.

“This is their last event with our school, and it’s kind of sad to think about, so we’d like to end it with a joyous festival to honor all of them,” Cassandra Ruedy (11) said.

Along with the seniors, seven freshmen, seven sophomores, and four juniors participated in the swim meet, which included 39 events from relays to medley. Coach Tania Chadwick described the seniors as role models for the underclassmen and emphasized their importance in bringing the team together.

“I think in general they bring a lot of experience; they were all club swimmers first. You have a lot of freshmen, but they do a good job of telling the freshmen how high school swimming is, so they can share all that knowledge with them,” Chadwick said. “After a while, there’s that camaraderie. They know that they can talk to them, especially when we get to the state championships.”

After the meet concluded, the team ate pizza together along with a red velvet cake designed in the shape of the pool, which one of the swimmer’s parent had baked, and each senior was presented with a framed copy of their pictures from their swim meets over the span of four years.

“I think one of my favorite experiences was the last meet that we had at Priory,” Alex said. “It was raining and cold, but even in that situation, it was really fun to hang out with everybody…I think that I look after my teammates more, and try to get them interested in swimming. It’s been really nice to get to know all these great people, and a valuable skill that I did learn was to connect with people more.”