Swim team committed to overall team success, sets impressive record

Swim team 2016

Commitment to overall team success.

That has been the mantra of this year’s version of the Farragut swim program and it has resulted in an impressive 6-0 record for the boys team.

“They set the tone early on that each one of them could contribute something to the team’s success and you can see it in the results,” said coach Jan Browning, who is also the swim director at The Club at Treasure Island.

The swim program has 19 swimmers, 15 of whom swim for the boys team. For the dual meets, schools are allowed to swim in a maximum of three lanes. For the tri-meets, schools are allowed to swim in two lanes.

Farragut has taken full advantage of this amount of swimmers committed to the program, winning each meet by an average of a little over 40 points.

“Not only have we had a good amount of swimmers stick with the entire season, we’ve had quality swimmers participate,” Browning said. “They’re each doing whatever’s best for the team. It’s resulted in great camaraderie because the kids all care about the sport.”

In addition, even though the girls team only has four participants, they have managed to put up quality points in each match.

For example, last week, the girls team beat Brandon Academy 39-3, highlighted by the personal best result of the 200 medley relay of Camille Walker, Emmie Ireland, Ansley Fine, and Melissa Price.

Swim team 2016

The boys team beat Brandon in the same meet by a score of 78-6. There were several personal best results including the 200 Medley relay with Dylan Daughtry, Harrison McGriff, Alex Shen and Zack Fine, as well as individual bests in the 100 butterfly by Dylan Rice and in the 100 free by Mario Barbartini.

Swim team 2016

Eighth-grade cadet Maurice Leon during practice before the City Championships.

The swim team is scheduled to compete on Saturday at the City Meet at the North Shore Aquatic Complex, pending any weather complications due to Hurricane Matthew. The City Meet brings together 11 public and private schools from the St. Petersburg area.

On Monday, the BlueJackets will host a tri-meet beginning at 4:30 p.m. at The Club at T.I. that will include Keswick Christian and Indian Rocks Christian.

Let’s go, BlueJackets!