Like A Fish to Water

WHS Swimming holds yearly tryouts

Gracie Herrin, Staff Writer

The swim team is bigger than ever before at Waxahachie High School.

Tryouts for the WHS swim team started on Monday, and there forty students showed up. That is double of what the team had just last year.

“I have come up with a new strategy, so I will be dividing you guys into two groups, which will mean two separate practices…” Coach Pruitt said. She did not make any cuts this year, which Coach Pruitt believes will “…prepare us for district.”

About half of the team includes returning swimmers, while the other half includes people who have never swum for WHS before. The fact that there are this many students on the team, means that the season has a very bright future ahead.

The freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly are all looking really good so far, although some students are going to need some work. This is why Coach Pruitt has come up with the “two practices” plan. From 6:05 am to 6:30 am, she will be working with the students who need to learn the technique. From 6:30 am to 7:20 am, she will be working with returning swimmers and a few select new swimmers.

The district meet has always been the team’s biggest goal. The more points we can gain at that meet, the higher the chances of doing well at all the meets after district.

“The more swimmers we have, the more points we are able to obtain,” Pruitt said.

Every student that tried out is excited for what this team can achieve this season. “I wasn’t expecting the team to have this many people, but every single person on this team is going to help us in some way.” Senior Ashlynn Florence said.