Swim team enjoying new schedule and new coach

Regan Thibault is a co-captain of the swimming and diving team this year.Photo: Grynn & Barrett Photography

There have been plenty of changes for ARHS’s swimming and diving team this year, including new swimmers, no morning practices, different practice time, and a new coach, Sean Clark.

Coach Clark has a way of going through practices different than previous coaches. Clark has the swimmers doing a lot of underwater drills. “He really focuses on individuals. He’ll stop you mid-swimming  and tell you what to work on which is super helpful,” said Abby McLean, a swimmer since freshman year.

“I like the fact that he is making us work on the basics and technique,” said junior captain Noah Kramer.

Kramer has done well this year; he took 11 seconds off his 200 yard independent medley at their first meet of the season. Kramer’s co-captains are Regan Thibault, Sadie Logan, and Hunter Carkhuff.

The team practices in the middle school from Monday to Friday from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Swimmers like Thibault enjoy the new practice time. “Because it’s later, I can participate in school clubs,” she said.

Along with the new afternoon practice time, coach Clark has removed morning practices from the schedule which has made a lot of swimmers happy.

For every away meet they show their spirit with “fancy day,” and for the month of January they had a meet every Tuesday and Thursday. At each meet swimmers get small gifts from their secret “goggle buddies.” About 80 percent of the team is doing goggle buddies, Carkuff said.

“I think for most people the love of swimming comes from the feeling you get from finishing a hard race that you weren’t looking forward to,” McLean said. “After you finish and do an okay job, you’re like, ‘Okay I can do something with my life.’”