Low budget limits parka availability for swim team

Senior members of the swim and dive team don parkas instead of traditional team jackets, but this spirit wear is exclusive to
seniors only due to budget limitations.
Senior and swimmer Grace Grossmann said only the seniors wear parkas because there is a limited supply, and the team typically recycles them for seniors on the swim team the next year.
“There aren’t enough for the entire team,” Grossmann said. “They’re owned by the school, so they’re reused every year by the next class of seniors.”
Smith said parkas are better than regular team jackets because of their insulation and convenience.
“It’s much warmer than other jackets, plus you don’t have to bring three layers to keep you warm during the meet when you have a parka instead,” Smith said.
Smith also said parkas are the only school-given spirit wear items for the swim team, and the team has to buy everything else.
“The parkas are the only thing [the school provides],” Smith said. “We don’t have warmups or uniforms to hand out to everyone since we have to buy our own suits. We all have a T-shirt every year though.”
Senior and swimmer Emma Smith said she likes how the parkas are a senior
“I think it’s something cool and special to give the seniors in their last year,” Smith said.