Dive Deep into Diligence

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Dive Deep into Diligence

Senior Auggie Towers does the backstroke at a swim meet.

Senior Auggie Towers does the backstroke at a swim meet.

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Senior Auggie Towers does the backstroke at a swim meet.

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Senior Auggie Towers does the backstroke at a swim meet.

The Trinity swimming team is preparing for a new season of hard work to not only represent Trinity’s participation in the Southwesten Pennsylvania swimming community, but also to showcase the talents of individual swimmers. 

Swimming began this year as the first winter sport with the start of the season in mid-November; the end will be in mid-March at the States competition at Bucknell University. Practice is six days a week before or after school and takes place at the Trinity Middle School swimming pool.

Mr. Modrak, who is coaching for his third year at Trinity (but has been coaching for the past 13 years), believes the swimming team has plenty to offer in terms of Trinity’s vision to produce well-rounded members of society. Students on the team work on skills such as being a leader and collaborating with others. 

Lena Bartoe and Patrick Bryant, the swim captains and seniors at Trinity, love working with the group and taking responsibility in making sure the team is doing the best it can by straightening out any conflicts if needed. 

Students also support one another and have enthusiasm for everyone’s progress. They work on getting the fastest time in races, which are categorized by distance, type of stroke, and being a relay or individual. The members also focus their practices on using proper techniques and following the rule book of each stroke.

Modrak recalls a unifying moment for the team during a swim meet when Tommy Ross, a junior member, broke his own backstroke record, and the whole team cheered for him. 

Swimming is also an individual sport where swimmers are able to learn at their own pace and have their own journey to train their bodies. For example, Bartoe and Bryant both have been swimming since middle school and reap the personal benefits that will follow them long after high school.

Modrak states that swimming is a crucial life skill that is equally as important as walking and running.

“Too many people drown every year, and it could have been prevented if they only knew how to swim. Drowning prevention is as equally important as Stop the Bleed training,” Modrak said. 

Modrak also declared anybody can learn to swim because there is no right or wrong way. Swimming uses every muscle in the body and can work as cardio and endurance training, while also assisting with consistent weight loss.

With a long season ahead of them, this year in particular, the team is determined to do better at WPIALS (the competition affiliated with Southwestern Pennsylvania that determines which schools move on to States.) 

“We want to use our successes from last year as a foundation to push our program into the next echelon of swimming area!” proclaimed Modrak, “Southwestern PA has some fast players who are taking off and people aren’t realising it.”

The best way to support the swim team is to show up to a meet and appreciate the hard work that many people miss out on. The next home meet will be today, December 19th, at 6:00 p.m., against Ringgold at the middle school pool.