Swim teams return, dives into competition

FALCONS BOYS SWIMMERS take a picture after their win over Salem. This was their first meet and win of the season.

As the wind begins to blow and temperatures drop, student-athletes begin to enter their winter sports seasons. So, as teams move their sport indoors, Falcon boys and girls swim and dive teams return to the pool. 

The Falcon Swim & Dive teams had an outstanding record last season with six of the guys and seven girls making it to the state championship. Some of these swimmers will return this year, and they hope to bring the same competitiveness to this season, after putting in countless hours of work in the offseason. 

Because no high schools in the Beach District have a swimming pool, they compete in the city’s rec centers. The Great Neck Rec Center is the home of the Falcons.

Their first meet was against the Sun Devils of Salem High School last week. at the Bayside Rec Center .

The boy’s swim team defeated Salem 198-80, and Sophomore Carter Baum took first in the boy’s 50-meter freestyle with a 24.89 second time and was first in the 100-meter freestyle with a 58.12 second time.

The girl’s swim team won in a landslide 227-31, and Senior Sophia DaCruz finished first in the girl’s 100-meter freestyle with a 1:04.77 time and placed first in the 100-meter backstroke with a 1:18:38 time. Freshman Paige Tillery finished first in the 200-meter individual medley with a 2:49.01 time.

“Our key to victory was all of the hard work that we put in during practice, and we took that and brought it to the meet. The coaching was a huge part of the win too,” sophomore Dominic Ostrowski said.

Falcon Swim & Dive teams compete against the Stallions of Green Run at the Bayside Rec Center on Friday, December 16.