What was 2021 for GBW Girls Swim?

Pictured: Girls Swim Team

Pictured: Girls Swim Team

With heaps of homework, exams, and performances and sporting events in full swing—and spring break on the horizon—we’re looking forward to finishing off this busy semester. Our winter sports teams have definitely been busy, but let’s not forget our strong fall sports that started off our year!

In particular, our girls swimming teams have had a notable season in 2021.

They were the first people to head into this oddly normal year after such unique circumstances, and jump into the hustle and demands of student-athlete life. Girls Varsity had an “outstanding, committed group of girls who were willing to not only work hard, but also have a lot of fun,” according to varsity team captain Paige Legel. Quite refreshing to hear after the deafening silence of COVID lockdown only months ago! In her “transition to a leadership role”, there have been “moments of question and confusion, especially for the younger swimmers” having to balance high school sports for the first time. 

Let’s hear from one of those first time student-athletes. Sophomore swimmer Chloe Lobdell noted the intense competition at her meets, and how the season “prompted [her] to start lifting and begin more out of water training so [she] can come back even faster.” As for her transition to a varsity swimmer, it was definitely “stressful”, but nothing “out of the ordinary.” 

Our West girls swimmers worked hard this fall, and kicked off the 2021 season incredibly. Both long-time swimmers and fresh faces have boasted awards at countless meets this past season, a real feat in such a testing time.

We’ve got the bitter cold and two more seasons to get through; even more momentum for the girls to come back stronger next year. The next fall season is eagerly waiting for girls swimming, and cheering supporters by their side. We hope to see you next year!