PV Swimmers Reflect on First Meet of the Season

A fun-plus-gratitude formula kicked off the first successful meet of the season for the PV Swim team. Swimmers were generally grateful just to be able to get back into the pool and have a great time doing what they love- and it paid off.

 “Just the fact I’m swimming and competing makes things feel more normal,” senior Devon Ott, said. 

Senior female swimmer Emily Hinz, agreed. “It was definitely different from how our meets normal run, but I think we all tried to make the best of it. I had a lot of fun and hope the team did too. Honestly, I’m just grateful we get to have a season at all.” 

Ott and Hinz had a successful first swim. “For the 200 medley, we came in first. However, we came in second for the 400 relay. We pushed each other and honestly just had fun in the pool. For my individual events, I placed second in the 200 IM and tied for first in the 100 free,” Hinz said. 

Sophomore Jordan Quimby, feels good about his performance, too. 

“I swam the 500 freestyle and the 200 Individual Medley. I placed 1st overall in the 500 free with a time of 5:41.91. I placed 3rd overall in the 200 IM with a time of 2:23.40,” he said. 

One of the most memorable moments, according to Hinz, was Ashley Derrick’s performance. 

“I think [she] did really well in her 100 back and I was strong in the 100 free with a time of 59.82,” Hinz said.

Despite an overall stellar performance, the swimmers feel they can do even better. “The 100 breast is my favorite event and I hope to improve it every meet,“ Ott said. 

Hinz agreed. “While no one is going their best, we all pushed each other and can only get faster from here,” she said. 

Quimby added, “I think their coaches were very impressed with everyone considering training just started back up around a week ago. I feel like some swimmers were disappointed about their swims and I feel like some were very satisfied. There were mixed feelings.”

Photo: Sarah Strausberg