Swimming concludes season at sectional

Written by Dawson Eastes // Sports writer

The New Palestine boys’ swimming team finished fourth in the sectional final on Sat., Feb. 17, at New Palestine High School.

The team scored a total of 236 points with third place finishes from the 200 medley relay, consisting of Marlon Cabrera, Iago Broullon-Blanco, Nico Martin and Tyler Corey. Broullon-Blanco also finished third in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

For the senior swimmers, this is their last event as a Dragon swimmer.

Senior Keith Harp said, “It’s bittersweet. It’s sad that all of the hard work we put in is ending, but I’m also glad that it’s ending because it’s a really hard sport,”

Senior Louis Holbrook said, “I will miss having people to hang out with the most when it comes to swimming,”

Although swimming is one of the hardest and time-committing sports, Holbrook said that all of the hard work he put in was worth it.

“It takes a lot of hard work,” Holbrook said. “From morning practices at 5 in the morning to after school practices ending at 5 in the afternoon, you’re swimming, working out, and eating all the right foods. It’s a full time job.I did it for the reward and satisfaction of knowing I can do something now, that I couldn’t do at the beginning of the season.”

Harp said, “It’s very difficult. You have to balance your school life and your athletic life. You have basically no social life, however it builds great character and moral development.”

Some other athletes might not realize how much dedication swimmers have year round to prepare for their sport.

Sophomore swimmer Damon Estes put it into perspective.

Estes said, “It takes hours and hours of hard work. You cannot skip days. It takes five days a week for 2-3 hours a day. It takes constant training to get your body and muscles in shape and have endurance. However, some athletes do. Some see how much hard work it takes to play their sport, and they realize it takes a lot of work to succeed in any sport. I would say the hardest thing about swimming is waking up at 5 a.m. for practice.”

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