By Gary Giterman ’19
In the interest of full disclosure, Gary Giterman is on the swim team.
3…2…1…dive! The boy’s varsity swim team is swimming and training nonstop to finish the season strong.
So far, the team holds an impressive record of 6-1. The team kicked off the season on November 30, 2017, beating Telecommunications High School 52-41.
They beat other schools such as Tilden, Lincoln, and New Utrecht High School. They only lost to Brooklyn Tech by a score of 55-34. The team has shown improvement compared to
their last season. Last year, the Hornets were ranked fifth in the league. Now, the team is ranked third in the league, with James Madison second and Brooklyn Tech first.
The energy and feeling in the air is different depending on the teams they are going up against. For example, if the two teams are at different skill levels, the atmosphere is completely different. It can be described in two ways: calm and silent or loud and energetic.
Maintaining third in the Brooklyn league requires all 34 swimmers to practice and train hard. The intense practices and workouts all take place behind the scenes.
Brian Setoe ’19 said, “I love the sport because of how much fun it is, but the practices are too hard and too tiring.”
Practices occur every day of the week. On Monday and Wednesday, swimmers work out in the Midwood weight room from 3:30-5 p.m. On Tuesday, they practice from 4:30-6 p.m., and on Thursday and Friday from 5-7 p.m., at Lincoln High School. Finally, they have practice on Saturday and Sunday at Tilden High School from 9-11 a.m. These practices are hard for the most part, especially to those who haven’t swum in a while or are just starting out.
Alec Trushelev ’19 stated, “Practice is a hassle, but it pays off when it comes to the real thing. Our swim meets are always fun and full of excitement. The team spirit during the race is unbeatable.”
For the last game of the season, the Hornets will compete against Medgar Evers College Preparatory School on January 26, hoping to take the victory.