In My Own Words: Boys swim team struggles through season with only seven members

In My Own Words
In this installment of In My Own Words, Andrew Reidenbaugh recounts the struggles of the boys swim team this season.

This past Wednesday the Lampeter-Strasburg swim team had there last regular season meet, which was against Ephrata. The L-S girls swim team has been doing really good this season, but the boys are struggling for their first win.

This is our swim team. As you can see we only have seven boys.
The reason behind that is we have a jaw-dropping seven boys in total. Therefore we have to give up easy points to the opponent because we don't have enough boys to compete in every event. If you get first you get six points, second is three points, third is two points, and finally fourth is one point. Therefore if we don't have any boys for one single event, the other team immediately gets 11 points.

I swam in the 100m freestyle, which I got second in with a time of 58.67 seconds, my new personal record. I swam in the 200m freestyle relay, which is when there are four people per team and each person as to do a 50m freestyle, and when they touch the wall after their 50, the next person goes. Another thing I swam in was the 100m backstroke. I have no idea why I swam in it because I never swam it in a meet before this one. I did alright, I finished in 3rd although I had no idea what I was doing.

The final thing I swam was the 400m freestyle relay. It is the same idea as the 200m freestyle relay except each person does a 100m freestyle. I went 3rd out of the 4 people in our relay team, and before I went we were behind by a lot, but somehow when I finished my 100 we were in the lead and went on to win the relay! I'm not that good though, it is just that the other swimmer performed poorly. 

Overall both the girls and boys lost the meet, the boys finished the season with zero wins. If you like swimming and staying in shape consider joining the swim team next year. Your talents could help put some marks in the win column.

In My Own Words is a first-person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

--By Andrew Reidenbaugh, LS News reporter

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