As our women’s swim team broke both team and individual records, the season is off to a great start! These records were recently broken by two upcoming first-years, Ella Chaisson and Olivia Garrison. In a meet against Pepperdine University, Chaisson broke the individual medley time with a 2:11.03 finish and Garrison got 2:20.60 in the breaststroke.
Even in the season opener, the athletes rushed the waters with intense determination, as second-year Bridget Hoth and third-years Rian Lewandowski and Morgan Bienias won first place against Arizona Christian and Soka University. Chaisson mentions that the swim team’s future looks hopeful: “The team looks very promising! All the girls are very hardworking and we all put in the hard work every day.”
This teamwork shows in their relay times, especially in the season-opening race against Pepperdine. Swimmers Lewandowski, Chaisson, Garrison, and Hoth collaborated in the 400-yard medley relay, finishing with a time of 4:13.05. In the 400-yard freestyle against Pepperdine, the same girls took first place with 3:49.78.
“This season has been super fun so far,” said freestylist Hoth. “As a team, we have gotten super close, competed in two meets, enjoyed team bonding together, and much more. I think we will have a very good season with how hard we have been training in practices and how connected we are. It’s just very exciting to be at meets with lots of teams and getting to cheer for your own teammates.”
Although many have a positive outlook on the season, the women do worry about the health and wellness of the athletes. Hoth mentioned their biggest challenge has been physical wellness. “Many people have been sick, which has caused the number [of players] to be low certain days. It is hard to not have the team together.”
Amidst this adversity, the women move on and look to the future. Second-year Rachel Peden encapsulated the team’s season goals by saying:
“My biggest goal for this season is to show that I am capable of doing the ‘impossible’ and I can push myself through tough times while staying healthy.”
As the women look forward to the rest of their season, they hope for great success in the water. The Warrior women will play the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in their next meet on Oct. 29 at the Westmont pool.