Giving everything

Swimming is more than a sport, it’s a passion


Sydney Brown

Junior Rachel Gaither swims the backstroke during a recent meet.

Mariangel Morales-Aparicio, staff writer

Swimmers are athletes who are here some mornings by 6 a.m. They spend hundreds of hours in water preparing for races that could be over in 50 seconds.

Coach Caitlin Crouch knows all about that dedication. She was a member of the Ben Davis team as a student here before graduating in 2008 and this year has taken over as head coach for both the boys and girls teams.

“We have seen our numbers increase and we are having a lot of fun,” said Crouch, whose team faced Lawrence North and Pike last night. “Our main goal is to get better each time we swim.’

One of the team members is senior Megan Hernly.

There is nothing else than getting in cold water at 6 a.m. for morning practice.”

— Lucas Peck

I have to prepare mentally more than anything,” Hernly said. “Swimming is an all around exhausting sport, and I think that setting goals and preparing to work for them is very important to do before the season or at the beginning of the season. “

For her, swimming is an exhausting sport. She thinks that setting goals and preparing to work toward them is important to do before the season.

But everything is not simple, because for big goals you need preparation and determination. And these swimmers understand that point. They need to balance the preparation for the season with their personal life and school responsibilities.

“Last year as a team we did very well, including and recruiting new swimmers,” junior Lucas Peck said. “This year it paid off and we have a big team.”

The team works toward one meet at a time  But, of course, sectionals is the most important meet for setting goals.

“Our team is like a family,” Hernly said.

“The amount of determination that people give is great, there is nothing else than getting in cold water at 6 a.m. for morning practice,” Peck said.

The swim team has had two meets this year and they are idle until hosting a three-way meet December 8.