Wiregrass swim focus on improving


Wiregrass Ranch Vs Land O’ Lakes

Wiregrass Ranch’s Butterfly Stroke

The Wiregrass boys and girls swim team competed in a difficult match-up against Land O’ Lakes High School (LOLHS) Wednesday evening. LOLHS, the 2016 conference champions, defeated the Bulls in their 3rd meet of the season.

With the departure of many senior swimmers, Wiregrass begins the season with a younger team.

“We have a lot of new swimmers with not a lot of experience, so we’re constantly trying to improve their fitness level as well as give them new skills,” Girls’ Coach Alisa Cimino commented about the new season.

The upperclassmen that are on the team are doing their best to lead the team. Daniela Laflamme, senior swimmer, was the only girl who won a race during the Land O’ Lakes meet. She won the 500 free by 21 seconds, which is a large margin in the swim world.

“Land O lakes is a swim school, but our team really won in team spirit. We were still successful in our own personal goals. Our team goals are to keep getting better and faster in our personal races,” Laflamme commented.

Wiregrass isn’t just dependent on their seniors, younger swimmers are starting to make waves as well. Sophomore, Douglas Lankton was the only Wiregrass boy’s winner at the meet. He won the 200 free and the 500 free.

“I’m still trying to improve,” Sophomore Douglas Lankton commented after his pair of victories on Wednesday.

This meet made the Bulls record 1-2, but they are not deterred by this loss.

“We went into the Land O’ Lakes meet knowing they are a very competitive team, so our goal was to strive for personal bests and try to be as competitive as possible.  We had a lot of swimmers step up and achieve personal bests and push their teammates to strive for their best as well,” Coach Cimino explains.

The Bulls next match-up will be October 4th against Nature Coast.