Swim Team’s New Season

Jacob Butcher, Staff Writer

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The swim team is coming off a solid season that sent four of the members to the state championship.  This season, the team has expanded from thirty members to almost fifty members.  The team hopes to continue this growth year to year and become a great and competitive team in the district.    This group of students practices at NOVA of Virginia Aquatics where they work hard to be the best at the swim meets.

“The team is super fun, and I get to bond with a lot of teammates.  I feel like I am a bigger part of the Deep Run community,” freshman Sanna Peterson said.

Because of her outstanding times, Megan Pulley is one of the star swimmers.  Pulley competes in the meets doing swimming mostly the 100 fly because she believes that she excels the most at that particular event.

The swimmers prepare for the meets by practicing every day before school for an hour a half.  Their practice begins at six-fifty and ends at seven-fifty in the morning.

The coach of the team, Franklin McCracken, is devoted to keeping the team progressing and continuously improving their teamwork and strokes. McCracken is also a math teacher. He has a strong commitment to the team.

“I saw a great opportunity to be the swim coach here after I had coached for summer leagues and was super excited to become the coach here,” Coach McCracken said.

The team started the year off strong with a good showing in their first meet back in November at Randolph Macon College.