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First period comes early in the morning

Yves Vasquez, Staff

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The swim team is having a successful season this year and has since competed in their district meet on January 26th. Their success at district has landed them a spot at the regional competition February 1st and 2nd. They practice almost every day to ensure they are successful.

“We practice Monday-Friday. First period goes 5:45-7:15a.m. Seventh period goes 2:15-3:30,” Coach Brad Radford said. That is about “8 hours a week, 5 days a week.”

Many of the swimmers are very determined to be the best they can while practicing.

“[When diving into the water I feel] very cold but also ready to keep moving faster,” senior Caleb Brown said.

Some have even stated they get nervous or stressed when swimming.

“At times,[I get nervous] because I know I want to do my best at all times no matter the situation,” freshman Ashley Morris said.

With a motivated and experienced coach, the team is bound to succeed at anything they set their minds to.

“After I finished swimming in college I spent a year coaching in college.  During that time I really enjoyed being on the other side of the sport where I could give back to the swimmers and help them to achieve their goals in the sport,” Radford said.

Swimming is something that both the team, and the coach thoroughly enjoy, and that is what creates such a successful outcome.

“This is not really a job when it is something that you enjoy doing. I have really enjoyed this job and hope to continue to do this as long as I can,” Radford said.

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First period comes early in the morning