By Hannah Crosby
You walk into the pool and smell the chlorine shock that hits you. The hot wet thick air fills the natatorium. There are many Clay students that swim for Carmel Swim Club and they love the sport.
Swimmers put in countless hours swimming laps down and back in the pool. Coaches watch the Carmel swimmers and look for improvement, and peers and parents to watch during competitions. Swimmers put all their energy into the sport and how hard they work each day and week.
Ellie Overbeck, seventh grade, is a swimmer for Carmel Swim Club. “I put in over 16 and a half hours each week and I try to go to every practice but I work constantly hard each and every day,” she said.
Nicole Heidrich, seventh grader, at clay is another swimmer for Carmel Swim Club and she has been swimming since she was 10 years old. Heidrich puts in around 12 and a half hours of swimming each week and also goes to swim meets over the weekend.
She loves the sport she is doing and hopes to stick with it through high school to be on one of the best high school swim teams that has won over 30 state championships in a row.
“My coach encourages me everyday when I go to practice and work my hardest, I also like swimming because I have many friends in the sport and it is great exercise everyday,” Heidrich said.
“Swimming is a difficult but mind driven sport that encourages me to get up and go get some good exercise,” Heidrich said.
Coach John is one of the many coaches at Carmel Swim Club. He tries each and everyday to encourage and boost swimmers confidence. John is a coach that loves his job, and wants to help other swimmers enhance their skills.
“I love being a coach at Carmel because I get to watch all the swimming that I coach and that I see around the pool improve.”
Swimming is a sport that anyone can do if they have the confidence and strong mind to do it.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.