Girls swimming claims City Championship; eyes sectionals

Maggie Smith, Features and Opinions Editor

This past month the girl’s BCHS swim team took home their first city championship since 2002. This was a huge feat for the Trojans especially with all of the adversity they have faced this year due to the coronavirus. The team has had limited practice time, limited swimmers at meets, and many more adjustments that have affected their season including three meets being cancelled. Last year, on average, the team would practice around ten hours a week, while this year they have only been practicing around four hours a week because of limited space. 

Junior swimmer Peyton Bean said, “Because of the difficulties with practices, I think we were all a little uncertain as to how this would affect our swimming in meets, so winning the city championship served as a really good reminder of all the progress we have made this year.”

Surpassing all odds, this year’s swim team made the impossible possible. At the beginning of the season, these girls did not even know if it was going to be possible for them to compete, but thanks to the hard work of Coach Kristin Pulliam the season was possible for the team. Pulliam coached the team to their first city championship in eighteen years, making history for the team. The girls beat rivalry school, Cathedral, to take home first place. 

Bean stated, “Of course winning was exciting for the team, but I think we were honestly just as excited for Coach Kristin because of all the hard work she’s put into giving us a season this year.” 

Leading the girls team to victory were swimmers Gabriella Herner, who placed first in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle, Emily Loiselle, placing first in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Grace Hurley, winning the diving title. The girls took the team title with a score of 324 over the Cathedral Irish who had a score of 305. The boys team also came in an impressive third place finish with first place finishes by Jack Stedham in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, Max Bourgeois in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and Aaron Loiselle in the 100 butterfly. The boys 400 yard freestyle relay also won with competitors Max Bourgeois, Will Hasbrook, Aaron Loiselle, and Jack Stedham. The boys also had a great team performance even with only eight swimmers in attendance.

Both girls and boys swim teams are hoping to carry on with more great races this Thursday and Saturday at North Central for sectionals.