Swim team stays afloat

By Jessica Goldberg
November 13, 2003

Rob Cain

Hop on in the pool and meet Cabrini’s swim team. The girls range from a senior to some freshman and everything in between. Senior Gina Treml, junior Christina Callahan, sophomores Heather Pino, Nina Scimenes, Lauren Walker, Ashley Earle, and freshmen Kristen Longa, Courtney Storey and Jori Edwards all make up the 2003-2004 Lady Cavaliers swim team, which is coached by Michael Kernicky.

Treml talked excitedly about how the one-time club is now a team. It was a club because every sport has to be a club for one year before it can become a team. “We will be having our first time trial meet which is going to be on Nov. 6 against Eastern, and five regular meets as well as an invitational at the end of the season against different schools Feb. 12-14 in Grove City.” Treml said.

Kernicky is very proud of his Lady Cavs. “The swim team is doing wonderful this year. There is a feeling out process because I’m new to them and they’re new to me, but they are a great group of kids. We will ultimately become one excellent swim team; that is the hope for the future.”

The girls start off with a warm up lasting about 20 minutes and that consists of drill work and kicking. After that they move onto a good stretching session. After the warm up is the hard set that lasts about 40 minutes. Next Thursday Nov 20, a company will be coming to their practice to film the girls under water so they can later watch their strokes. Kernicky said, “The main goal of this is so they will be able to visualize what they are actually doing, and then hopefully feel what they may be doing wrong when it is time for practice or a meet.”

The girls only have six meets this year. While talking to Kernicky, he made it clear that the team isn’t that big and they need some credibility before going off to play a bunch of other teams. The girls work hard Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 and Friday starting at 6:30 am. To support the ladies, their meet dates are: Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Jan. 17, Jan. 28 and Jan. 31.

Cavs defeat EU in first ever meet

Cabrini’s swim team defeated Eastern 102-78 in its first meet of the season on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The triumphant cast was led by co-captains Callahan and Treml and Longo

Treml, Edwards, Storey, and Callahan, sprinted to a first place finish in the first event ever by this new varsity program when they paced the field in the 200 yard medley relay.

The girls continued their winning ways as Longo won the second event, the 200 yard freestyle. Longo was a triple winner, cruising to victory in the 500 yard freestyle and anchoring the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Other great swims were achieved by Callahan who crushed the competition in the 200 yard individual medley. Callahan combined with Edwards to place first and second in the 100 breastroke & she also led off the 200 freestyle relay. Others on the winning 200 yard free relay were Treml and Storey.

The meet got close at times, however, dominating swims in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle sealed Eastern’s fate, as Cabrini got first, second and third in both events. Longo, who finished first in both 200 and 500 yard freestyle, paced Pino (2nd place), and Scimenes (3rd place), in the 200 and had help from Storey (2nd place) and Pino (3rd place) in the 500.

Posted on the web by: Rob Cain

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