Several members of the Atlee Swim Program competed in the VHSL Swim & Dive Championships in Northern Virginia back in February. The Atlee Shield was able to catch up with some of the state swimmers.
Olivia Fisher, 12
Place: 5th in state, 3rd in state 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays, 2nd in State 100 Freestyle
How was this states meet different from previous years?
O: “I feel like this one, there was just a lot more motion and a lot more energy, partly because I knew it was my last one, and partly because we had a lot of girls there and our relays placed really well. The girls just brought a lot of energy and positivity”
Ryan Reutti, 12
7th Place: 100m Backstroke
Q: How has this season been different than other seasons? “It’s kind of surreal that it’s my last year..I’m going to miss it a little bit. Not really. [laughs] It’s just my last year and I’m trying to make the most out of every last practice.”
Sonora Baker 11
Place: 5th in State, 3rd in state 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays, 2nd in state 100 Backstroke
How was your relay team’s chemistry (both teams) and how did that translate to your performance at states?
S:“We get along really well and that definitely improved our performance in the water. Before every swim we got really excited and encouraged each other. It seemed we weren’t just swimming for ourselves, we were swimming for the whole team and wanted to make each other proud. Relay swims are always the most fun and having a team that supports you makes them even better/faster.”
Ashley Zicafoose, 10
Place: 5th in state, 3rd in state 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays
Q: Are you particularly satisfied or proud of anything? A:“I’m very proud of the girls 200 freestyle relay because we all went out there with a positive mindset and three of us went best times and we got third place which is good for states.” How was this states meet differ
Place: 5th in state, 3rd in state: 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays
Q: How do you feel about your performance at States?
J: “I think we did good, we did good as a team, and I ended up dropping a lot of time [on] my relays from the beginning of the season.”