Second year swimmer strives to improve time

By Katie Clark
December 8, 2006

Meghan Hurley

Gina Scuibba is an active member of Cabrini women’s swim team. This is her second year with Cabrini. She has been swimming for about 15 years. For Cabrini she swims distance free style. This involves the 100 and 500-yard race and usually relays.

Scuibba discovered swimming when she was young. Her family and she were members of their local swim club. Her parents thought it would be good for her to take swimming lessons.

After a while, the instructor saw something in Scuibba. He recommended her to join their swim team. Scuibba took his advice and has been loving swimming ever since.

“When swimming isn’t fun anymore, that is when I will stop, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon,” Scuibba said.

They have won three out of their five meets. This year’s record is much higher than the past others have had. Scuibba thinks her team has complete potential to go far especially since their new number of swimmers.

The women’s team has expanded with 12 new freshmen and the men’s team also has an expansion.

“This program is continually growing at a fast rate and has a lot of potential not only for this year but for the years to come,” Scuibba said.

There are many goals floating around the swimming team. For the women’s swimming team alone, its goals are pretty obvious. According to Scuibba, they want to swim the best they can and to come out on top.

This year, Cabrini’s swim team is going on its first training trip. Over winter break, the team is traveling to Florida, where they will train for a week.

The goal for this week is to be ready to swim against all the other teams in hope to beat them. They hope that all their hard work will pay off in the end. Scuibba’s goals go a little deeper.

Her main goal, however, is like the team’s. She wants to improve all of her times, especially her 500 time. She always wants to allow herself to have fun while competing. She follows her dad’s words of advice; “Just go out, have fun and swim the best you can.”

Scuibba has overcome many different obstacles during her years in swimming, such as, overcoming times, swimming in her first races, being scared and intimidated by other swimmers.

According to Scuibba, swimming has helped her overcome many of her obstacles including different life issues.

Whenever she has a problem with something, she will let it out through swimming. If she is in a bad mood, she will let it out in the water, and then she would be good to go afterwards. Scuibba swims to swim. It is something she really enjoys doing, no matter what kind of mood she is in.

“It’s like my copping mechanism, I guess you could say. No matter what I do or where I go, swimming will always be a part of my life,” Scuibba said.

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