Four-year losing streak cannonballed

The swim and dive team is approaching the District championships on Jan. 27 and 28 following a historic win at the end of its regular season.

The team broke a four-year losing streak by beating South Lakes High School on Dec. 16 and followed it up with a win against McLean High School.

The current record is 3-3 with the team’s most recent win on the Jan. 13 against Stone Bridge High School on senior night.

The swim and dive team lost in a meet against Madison High School Friday. Scores were not available.

This season, swim team coaches Matt Bell and Ann Jopke have focused on creating a positive, fun and exciting atmosphere to encourage the swimmers to want to do well.

“We’ve changed the culture of the programs to instill spirit and teamwork,” Bell said.

Freshmen and sophomores who joined the team this season have “given [the swim team] depth” and have helped the team win and evolve, Bell said.

As a third year swimmer, junior Emily Costello has noticed a change in the team’s attitude.

“Half the reason we’re winning meets is that we have so much more spirit,” Costello said. “Everyone’s always excited and loud when we go to meets.”

She also credits the swim team’s victories to the coaches who have been pushing the swimmers harder because of the team’s growth.

As Districts come closer, Costello is “confident that we can pull another win.”