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Girls Swimming Hunts Down Conference and Sectional Titles

John Strohl

The Harrison girl’s swimming team is off to a successful start to the 2016-17 campaign.

The Raiders are currently 7-0 with a fifth-place finish in the Western Invitational.

Head coach Kristen Trella is in her 12th season as head coach and is returning plenty of letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 13-0 and that were North Central Conference champions.

The Raiders plan to work hard, yet have fun while doing it.

“I think the goals for the team this season would be to have fun and swim fast,” said senior Kadie Grundy, who swims the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. “Yes, we want to win but in order to win you must want to put in the work that is needed, and in order to put in work, we have to have a fun and encouraging atmosphere. As a team, we hope to go undefeated as we have done in the past and keep the NCC title for sure.”

Winning the NCC title again this year will not be as easy.

The Raiders have lost two good divers in Mariah Ireland and Ryan Wierenga.

Wierenga did come back to help out and manage the diving team.

Harrison also lost a great swimmer in Silvia Lawson-Vilches due to graduation.

With the loss of these three, some NCC meets will be really close, making it harder for the Raiders to win yet another conference title.

The Raiders are also planning on winning a sectional title, which they have not been able to do in recent years due to Zionsville’s dominance in the tournament.

The girls have put in a lot of work this past offseason in hopes to achieve this goal.

“We have a lot of girls who do club year round, and we have preseason (to prepare),” said Jessie Murawski, who is a senior. “Both groups work really hard to stay in shape and prepare for the incoming season.”

The preseason can be really hard on the team due to the strenuous workouts.

“Sometimes preseason feels even harder than the actual season, so I’d say the team works their butts off,” said Murawski.

Harrison is hoping the hard work and the depth of the team will push the Raiders to their goals.

Depth is something the team has more of this year than last year.

“This year’s team has more depth than last year’s team, I would say,” Grundy said. “Almost all of our varsity athletes have returned. This year’s team has a ton of individual talent which helps a team grow a ton.”