r The Maple Mountain High School swim team found success this year with a new coaching staff. The Girls’ Varsity team took 7th place at the state 5A swim meet. Overall, the team took 4th place at the region meet, with the men’s team taking 5th and women’s 4th.
Head coach Alix Hartley was proud of not only their accomplishments in the pool, but their sportsmanship. “This season we really came together as a team. Almost every single swimmer dropped time in their events and got best times. Not only did they accomplish what they wanted in the pool they were accomplishing things outside of the pool. At almost every dual meet we went to; the coaches from the other team and some of the officials came up to tell us how nice our team was and how they cared about the facility we were visiting and left it very clean. They were also surprised how our swimmers were cheering for the opposing teams’ swimmers as well. They felt their sportsmanship was amazing and I feel like that’s a big accomplishment,” she said.
Junior Allyson Cook said, “I really enjoyed being unified as a team this season! I felt like we were one big family and everyone was your cheerleader. I don’t think there was one race that someone wasn’t cheering us on.”
Hartely attributed the team’s success to hard work. “This year was the first year for the new coaching staff so there were a lot of adjusting and learning moments from both the swimmers and the coaches. Every swimmer proved themselves this season by coming to practice and really putting work into the pool. It is not hard having to be at the pool at 5 a.m. every single morning but they encourage and pushed each other to be the best they can be. Between the hard work put in by the coaches and the hard work put in by the swimmers, there was a ton of success that was noticed by many other swim teams and their coaches,” she said.
The hard work made for some memorable moments. Cook said, “One of the most memorable things that happened was when we were seeded 8th in our 4×100 freestyle relay at state, but we ended up dropping 7 seconds, previously dropping 5 at region, and barely getting out touched and we got 4th place! I was so proud of the girls because we knew had worked hard.”
Sydney Swenson, a senior, said “We achieved our goals because our coaches gave us a difficult but rewarding practice every single morning at 5 a.m. They made me motivated to get a best time. Most importantly, I stopped looking at the place I took, but instead, I looked at my time to see if I had dropped time.”
Junior Mallory Mckell said, “I enjoyed everything. This season was super great and I’m glad I got to be a part of it. I especially enjoyed the team dinners and bus rides where we got to bond as a team.”