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Big Blue Beat: Girls' Varsity Swim Team

By Madeline Skapper '20


Head Coach: Deirdre O'Mara P '17, '19, '21

Last season's highlights: The 2017-18 Girls' Varsity Swim Team, led by captains Naiyah Atulomah '18 and Kassidy Peterson '18 and seniors Jenny Coyne '18, Lexi Brauer '18, Olivia Virzi '18, and Lindsay Rispoli '18—who is swimming for Columbia University this year—had a successful season, finishing with a 5-2 dual meet record. The team performed well at championship meets, with a win at the Prep A Championship, a second-place finish at the Skyland Conference Championship, and a fourth-place finish at the Somerset County Championships. The team broke two school records in the 200 medley relay (1:48.42) and the 200 free relay (1:53.05) as well. Darlene Fung '19—who has committed to swim for Harvard University next year—was named an All-American in both the 50 freestyle (22.80) and 100 freestyle (50.05). Darlene also broke three school records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 100 butterfly.

What to watch for this season:
• Head Coach Deirdre O'Mara is focused on the Prep A Championships on February 6, where the team looks to defend its title.
• Led by captains Darlene Fung '19 and Grace O'Mara '19, the team is looking forward to the season. Practices began on November 12 and the first meet is scheduled for December 4 against Mount Saint Mary Academy.
• Preseason weight training, twice a week, began in September, which will help give the team the strength and endurance needed for a strong start to the season.

Full-court press:
"I enjoy watching the success and improvement of the swimmers and seeing them achieve their goals, whether it's a state record or a personal best time. It's great to watch the team come together and harbor success after putting in hard work and effort throughout the season."—Head Coach Deirdre O'Mara

Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,