With their best record since 2009, the swimming and diving team has improved as a whole with a record of 4-5, and individually with almost every swimmer beating his or her fastest time.
“Individual improvement has added up to improvement of the entire team,” senior captain Peter Cottingham said.
At the Cape Ann League Championship on Feb. 2, head coach Shannon Alger was awarded Best Coach, senior Michael Phelan won Best Male Swimmer of the Year, and Cottingham won Best Male Diver of the Year.
Overall the team placed fourth out of eight teams.
“Winning against North Reading and getting fourth place at CALs was not only a great way to end the season, but it’s also the best we’ve ever done, so that was really exciting for everyone to experience,” senior captain Lila Hughes said.
The team also sent three relay teams to sectionals on Feb. 8 and 9.
Representing the girls’ 400 freestyle relay is junior Olivia Painter, freshman Amber Shaw, freshman Zanny Lee, and eighth-grader Annalia Laino.
The second team, Phelan, senior captain Easton Ehlers, sophomore Nate Rautio, and sophomore James Phelan qualified to compete in the boys’ 200 IM relay at sectionals.
Hughes, Laino, sophomore Erin Carlson, and Lee swam the girls’ 200 IM relay at sectionals.
“Because we’ve been consistent with practices, including morning practices and Friday workouts, and worked really hard, the team has had great success,” Alger said.
The team will also send six swimmers, Michael Phelan, James Phelan, Laino, Ehlers, eighth-grader Coleman Komishane, Rautio, and one diver, Cottingham, to the State Championship on Feb. 16.
Michael Phelan will swim the 100 butterfly, 100 breast stroke, and the 50 freestyle, James Phelan will swim the 100 butterfly, Komishane will swim the 500 freestyle, and Laino will swim the 100 backstroke.
“The official end of the season will be sad because so much of the team is seniors, and it’s our last season together,” Ehlers said.